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Photographer: Wil Riera/Bloomberg    

Photographer: Wil Riera/Bloomberg    

Venezuela Votes in a Presidential Election. Enthusiasm Is Absent

Amid boycotts and humanitarian crisis, Venezuelans vote

Oil-rich Venezuela should be among the world’s most prosperous nations, but misery is everywhere as President Nicolas Maduro seeks six more years in Sunday's election. The nation is in economic free fall and hungry migrants are fleeing his autocratic socialist regime. His victory could bring U.S. sanctions that choke off the oil lifeline.

The main challengers are Henri Falcon, a former governor, and Javier Bertucci, a televangelist. However, Maduro has jailed his most potent rivals and driven Venezuela’s main opposition to boycott the vote.