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The Violence Question Dominates Campaign To Succeed Chavez

After the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela is set for the second presidential election in less than six months. Chavez's handpicked successor Nicolas Maduro faces challenger Henrique Capriles.

Maduro tries the personal touch
Maduro tries the personal touch
Ludmila Vinogradoff

CARACAS – The official presidential campaign period to replace Hugo Chavez will be a short one – only ten days, instead of the usual three months in Venezuela.

The dominant themes of the campaign, which started on Tuesday, are violence and insecurity. Both candidates have made these issues their number one priority – Chavez successor Nicolas Maduro and contender Henrique Capriles have vowed to change Venezuela’s reputation as one of the most violent countries in the world.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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