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Voters Protest Disqualification of Leading Venezuelan Candidate

Voters Protest Disqualification of Leading Venezuelan Candidate

From: VOA

About 500 supporters of a Venezuelan gubernatorial opposition candidate who was retroactively disqualified as the vote count showed him ahead in the home state of the late President Hugo Chávez protested Saturday against a decision that has become emblematic of what opponents say are unfair election conditions.

Under a heavy military and police presence, supporters of Freddy Superlano decried the decision of Venezuela's highest court to schedule a new gubernatorial election in January, saying they are being robbed of the punishment vote they exercised against the ruling party's candidate. They vowed to keep any pro-government candidate out of the governor's office.

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