my contributions: ‘Venezuela on the Eve of Presidential Elections: The US Empire Isn’t Sitting by Idly’, Roger Harris, counterpunch May 18
OTOH and OMG: ‘US Interference in Venezuela Could Reelect President Maduro, TRNN May 17, 2018; Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday under dire economic distress with inflation expected to reach over 10,000%. Professor Steve Ellner says, US has interfered in Venezuelan elections by urging the opposition to boycott and by imposing economic sanctions. The result might be another term for President Maduro
The Guardian says Maduro looks set to win, but even their hit piece lacked verve.
plus a ‘this does not bode well’ creepy exposé:
morning edit: maduro won with 67% o the vote, but of course the vote was fraudulent as all-giddy-up! the guardian:
“The United States’ mission to the United Nations indicated it would reject the result. “Today’s so-called election in Venezuela is an insult to democracy … It’s time for Maduro to go,” it tweeted.
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, said that his country, “like the majority of democratic countries”, would not recognise the vote. “Venezuela’s elections do not meet the minimum standards for a true democracy. They are not clean or legitimate elections and they do not represent the free and sovereign will of the Venezuelan people,” Piñera wrote.”
OTOH from telesur: “Some 150 international observers from 30 countries and international organizations were in Venezuela for the elections.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, former Spanish Prime Minister and also an international observer, gave positive feedback about the presidential elections.
“I do not have any doubt about the voting process. It is an advanced automatic voting system. I come here to keep the peace, coordinate and promote dialogue to improve the democratic mechanism here. What I need to do here is to see whether people can cast their ballots at their own discretion. Now we all see how people vote, don’t we?” he said.”