Morel Rodríguez: I was not defeated by Mata Figueroa
The opposition outgoing governor of Nueva Esparta state, northeast Venezuela, said the electoral campaign of his challenger, pro-government elected governor Carlos Mata Figueroa, was funded by state-run oil firm Pdvsa, public utility Corpoelec and the Interior Ministry
"I was not defeated by (ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV) Carlos Mata Figueroa. These three bodies I just mentioned were the winners. I wish the mistakes of this alleged democracy are corrected so that the bodies monitoring State funds work in order to allocate public funds with honesty and transparency," he added.
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.