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Venezuela's roiling politics may get more turbulent as voters head to polls Sunday

Venezuela's roiling politics may get more turbulent as voters head to polls Sunday

If circumstances were normal in Venezuela, opposition candidates could expect to sweep to victory in Sunday’s gubernatorial elections, given overwhelming voter dissatisfaction over a collapsed economy and new revelations linking unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to the Odebrecht bribery scandal.

But opposition leaders and international critics including the U.S. State Department claim Maduro has manipulated voting procedures in a bid to salvage statehouses he is in danger of losing.

Now suffering through a fourth straight year of recession, rising poverty, food scarcities and inflation exceeding 1,100%, only 1 in 5 Venezuelans approve of Maduro’s performance and 3 in 5 want...

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