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ELECTION 2012

Demonstration in south Venezuela against victory of gov't candidate

Venezuela's National Assembly Deputy Américo De Grazia said it was a peaceful protest staged 1,500 meters from the state office of the National Electoral Council. The demonstration is against the impending proclamation of ruling party Francisco Rangel Gómez as the new governor

Since Monday, followers of opposition candidate for governor of Bolívar state Andrés Velázquez have staged demonstrations claiming that Velázquez won the election over incumbent governor Francisco Rangel Gómez (Handout photo)
ALICIA DE LA ROSA |  EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday December 18, 2012  01:01 PM
A peaceful demonstration was staged nearby the state office of the National Electoral Council in Bolivar (south Venezuela) to protest against the proclamation of ruling party candidate Francisco Rangel Gómez as the new state governor. 

Accompanied by several opposition leaders, including Mayor of the Metropolitan area of Caracas Antonio Ledezma, opposition candidate Andrés Velásquez led the demonstration.

Venezuela's National Assembly Deputy Américo De Grazia asserted the protest was pacific and denied rumors over civil unrest.

"We are just 1,500 meters from the CNE's office. We are protesting against the official proclamation of Rangel Gómez, which will be made within a few minutes by the state office" of CNE, said the deputy when interviewed by daily newspaper El Universal.

De Grazia said a document presenting all legal and electoral complaints over the election held in Bolívar would be delivered to the authorities of the Electoral Power's state board.

En Twitter: @aliciadelarosa

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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