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Chavez opponent rallies followers

 
 
Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 09:03 pm
I wonder who picks up his tab??


Chavez opponent rallies followers
By Will Grant
BBC News

Supporters of Manuel Rosales at a rally in Caracas
Thousands marched in support of Mr Rosales in Caracas
The main opposition candidate in Venezuela, Manuel Rosales, has registered his candidacy for December's presidential election.

He led thousands of his supporters on a march through Caracas to the headquarters of the electoral council to formalise his candidacy.

Mr Rosales is the governor of the oil-rich Zulia state in west Venezuela.

The Venezuelan opposition has proclaimed him its sole candidate to stand against President Hugo Chavez.

For many in Venezuela, Mr Rosales represents their only realistic hope of seeing President Hugo Chavez removed from office anytime soon.

Promise of change

Addressing thousands of his supporters outside the National Electoral Council in Caracas, the 54-year-old state governor dared them to imagine another kind of Venezuela.

Manuel Rosales addresses supporters in Caracas
Mr Rosales faces a tough campaign

It was possible to bring about change, he said, if people came out and fought for a modern society.

He said he represented neither US imperialism nor support for "the bearded one", a reference to President Chavez's close ally, Fidel Castro of Cuba.

The opposition in Venezuela, so often fractured and discordant, is making a concerted effort to unite.

Earlier this month, the other main opposition candidates stepped aside to allow Mr Rosales to be crowned their "sole candidate".

There are still a number of independent candidates in the race.

Challenges ahead

But opponents of President Chavez see in Mr Rosales something they have lacked for some time: a clear leader around whom they can mobilise their efforts.

Nevertheless, he faces a difficult campaign.

Opinion polls suggest that President Chavez has an unassailable lead.

It is also unclear whether Mr Rosales can transfer his local popularity in the state of Zulia, where he has been governor for over 10 years, to the national stage.

And many say his policies - which include using the country's oil-wealth to set up a debit card system of state benefits for the poor - are reminiscent of the populist style of President Chavez, precisely the kind of politics that many are trying to get away from.
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Reply Sat 14 Oct, 2006 03:42 pm
Most Venezuelans suspect that electoral fraud is already in place ... that is why the supporters of Manuel Rosales are ready to vote and to fight in the days following the elections to prevent Chavez cheating them out their victory as occurred in the referendum.

Unfortunately it is a time of great unrest in Venezuela and as mentioned in your article voting for Manuel Rosales on the 3rd of December is our last hope of maintaining our liberty.... Chavez has the blood of many innocent Venezuelan people on his hands and will probably have much more after the election.

I just wish that the international community would wake up and support us in our struggle.
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Reply Mon 31 Mar, 2008 02:33 pm
Venezuelan wrote:
Most Venezuelans suspect that electoral fraud is already in place ... that is why the supporters of Manuel Rosales are ready to vote and to fight in the days following the elections to prevent Chavez cheating them out their victory as occurred in the referendum.

Unfortunately it is a time of great unrest in Venezuela and as mentioned in your article voting for Manuel Rosales on the 3rd of December is our last hope of maintaining our liberty.... Chavez has the blood of many innocent Venezuelan people on his hands and will probably have much more after the election.

I just wish that the international community would wake up and support us in our struggle.


Yes... I'm with you. I'm also Venezuelan.
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