Opposition primary today
Five opposition candidates are holding a primary today with one thing in common, whoever wins will receive the support of the others in their fight to oust President Hugo Chavez in the presidential elections on 7th October.
The primary is open to all and is the first time that the opposition have attempted to create a united front to oust the president who has been in power for 13 years. About two million voters are expected to vote today and the five candidates are as follows:
Diego Arria, former governor of Venezuela’s Federal District (Caracas) and then Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Henrique Capriles Radonski, a Congressman, and the current governor of the state of Miranda. The frontrunner with the support of former Mayor of Caracas, Leopoldo López who droped out of the race to support Capriles.
María Corina Machado, a Congresswoman and former CEO of Súmate, a volunteer civil organization.
Pablo Medina, former labour leader and ex-Chávez supporter
Pablo Pérez, former mayor of the city of Maracaibo and now governor of the oil-rich Zuilia.