Monday, July 17, 2006
Candidates from the 9 oppositional parties in Venezuela have decided to participate in a winner-take-all primary to decide on a single candidate to go up against Hugo Chavez in Venezuela's presidential election in December. The politicians have all promised to support the winning candidate at the Primary scheduled for August 13.
The Opposition leaders decided on the Primary in a bid to jointly get rid of Chavez as president. Major opposition parties boycotted the congressional elections in 2005, accusing Chavez of rigging the system. Although a strong favorite to win a third term, Chavez is not invincible, pollsters say. Recent figures show Manuel Rosales, governor of Zulia state, and Julio Borges, a former assemblyman and TV show host, as the leading opposition figures.