Venezuela’s Socialist Party faces a tough election

As President Maduro’s government struggles to stay afloat, electoral authorities shuffle districts, print confusing ballots and declare states of emergency in border regions to halt opposition campaigns in an attempt to tilt the vote toward the Socialist Party.

Any minor leg up could be crucial for Maduro, who is struggling to maintain the unique brand of Latin American populism forged by late socialist leader Hugo Chavez and kept afloat by a decade of bountiful oil revenue.

A loss could limit Maduro’s capacity to channel state resources toward political allies and could embolden adversaries to seek a recall referendum next year.

Read more at Reuters 

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