• Venezuela’s harried opposition eyes landmark win


    CARACAS: Its leaders have been thrown in jail, banned from politics and remain deeply divided, but Venezuela’s opposition nonetheless looks set to bruise President Nicolas Maduro by winning control of the National Assembly. Sixteen years into late president Hugo Chavez’s leftist “revolution,” opinion polls indicate the opposition is poised to win legislative elections Sunday for the first time since the firebrand leader came to power. The opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), heads into the elections leading the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and its allies by as much as 35 percentage points, according to one poll. Founded in 2009 with the goal of defeating Chavez, MUD is a motley group of some 30 parties from across the political spectrum, with no real leader.



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