Venezuela sets Oct. 15 for regional vote favoring opposition

September 12, 2017 GMT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government has set a date for long-delayed gubernatorial elections that the opposition is heavily favored to win.

Electoral authorities say voting in all 23 states will take place Oct. 15.

Monday’s announcement came a day after the main opposition alliance held primaries to select candidates to run against some of socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s closest allies.

The decision to participate in the elections has sparked tensions within the opposition since the government seated a special assembly to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution amid allegations that the elections to choose delegates were marked by fraud.


The gubernatorial elections were supposed to have taken place last year but were scrapped as the country’s economic problems mounted and polls indicated Venezuelans heavily favored removing Maduro before the end of his term.