CARACAS, Venezuela — A fierce battle is being fought in Venezuela. It's not only a battle for the presidency in Sunday’s election, but also a war between supporters of the late Hugo Chávez and those who opposed him.
It is a war over how much the March 5 death of the longtime Venezuelan president has changed the rich-but-poor South American republic. Chavistas backing interim president Nicolás Maduro chant the slogan, “Chávez is still alive, Chávez is Maduro.” Yet the opposition is campaigning with the goal of showing that the post-Chávez era will never be the same.
On both sides there are rich and poor voters, intellectuals and illiterates, indigenous Venezuelans and immigrants. As for the immigrants, Arab Venezuelans are known to be very active in the country’s politics. They are divided, and are known to be radical in their choices. Maybe that is why they have succeeded in reaching high office and gaining a respected popularity.
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As Venezuela goes to the polls Sunday to elect a successor to the late President Hugo Chávez, Ali Hashem examines whether they will they vote to keep the policies of a government that featured a number of Arab Venezuelans.
Author: Ali Hashem
Posted on : April 13 2013
Categories : Originals Lebanon