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Maduro’s Party Dominates in Venezuela Regional Elections

  • Socialist Party candidates winning in 20 of 23 governors races
  • Regional elections draw just 41.8% voter participation
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Venezuela’s ruling socialist party appeared to win all but three races for governor in regional elections Sunday marked by low turnout amid splits within the U.S.-backed opposition and voter apathy following seven years of economic recession.

Government candidates led 20 of 23 states, according to results announced by the National Electoral Council with more than 90% of votes in, though the margin in three of those states was still close. The widely expected victory for authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro’s party, the PSUV, strengthens his control as he tries to rebuild the country’s standing internationally.