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Old 23-02-2019, 09:49 AM   #376
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John Pilger: The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies, argues John Pilger.
February 22nd, 2019
By John Pilger @johnpilger

Since Chavez’s death in 2013, his successor Nicolas Maduro, then foreign minister and vice-president, has shed his derisory label as a “former bus driver” in the Western press to Saddam Hussein incarnate. He is certainly no Chavez; the slide in the price of oil in a society that imports almost all its food has often been met with an official ineptness that has lengthened supermarket queues and caused too many Chavistas to despair.

Nevertheless, Maduro won the presidency in 2018 in an election that leading members of the opposition demanded he call, then boycotted, a tactic they tried against Chavez.

The boycott failed: 9,389,056 people voted; sixteen parties participated and six candidates stood for the presidency. Maduro won 6,248,864 votes, or 67.84 per cent.

On election day, I spoke to one of the 150 foreign election observers. “It was entirely fair,” he said. “There was no fraud; none of the lurid media claims stood up. Zero. Amazing really.”
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