lunes, 2 de julio de 2012

Election campaign begins in Venezuela

Formal campaigning began on 1 July for presidential polls scheduled for 7 Octobre, agencies reported. The main candidates were President Hugo Chávez Frías and the former governor of the state of Miranda Henrique Capriles Radonski, representing a coalition of opposition parties. Capriles began his campaign by visiting indigenous peoples in Kumarapay inside the Gran Sabana national park in the south-eastern state of Bolívar. He accused the socialist regime of governing with "threats, insults and fear." The president began his campaign in a caravan of cars travelling to Maracay, in  the central state Carabobo, El Mundo reported on 1 July.

Shootout killed three in Chiapas

A shootout between political rivals killed three and injured three in the south-eastern state of Chiapas in Mexico on 1 July, the day of general elections, AFP reported on 2 July. The shootout reportedly occurred when members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and of the Green Party (PVEM) argued while queuing to vote in the district of Rincón Chamula, north of San Cristóbal de las Casas, local authorities were cited as stating. The two parties were allied in other parts of the country. A similar fire fight reportedly occurred here on 26 June, injuring four and forcing the mayor, of the Green Party, to flee. A Chiapas state official Noé Castañón was cited as saying that PRI activists uncovered sewerage holes where the incident occurred and prevented troops from driving to the scene for hours.

Left keeps Mexico City in elections

The candidate of the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) to become mayor of Mexico City Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, was reported to have won elections by a large margin, maintaining the Left's power in the capital after general elections on 1 July, El Universal reported on 2 July. Authorities said that with 90 per cent of votes counted on 2 July, the PRD was leading in the capital's 16 districts, Notimex reported.

PRI reported winner in Mexico's elections

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won Mexico's presidential elections on 1 July, regaining the office12 years after it was lost to the National Action Party (PAN), El Universal reported on 2 July. The winning candidate Enrique Peña Nieto promised, speaking after an initial vote count, that he would form a forward-looking government and there would be no "going back to the past" of feared authoritarian practices. He promised there would neither a "truce nor a pact" with organized crime. Peña Nieto thanked the outgoing President Felipe Calderón for his "democratic vocation" and "institutional respect and conduct" in the electoral process, El Universal reported. The leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador was cautious about incipient results, and said his party would wait for the final count, AFP reported on 2 July.