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Tulane Sociologist David Smilde Weighs in on Recent Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela

October 18th, 2017

Dr. David Smilde, the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and Senior Associate Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University, recently spoke with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR on the most recent gubernatorial elections in Venezuela. Despite widespread dissatisfaction with President Nicolás Maduro‘€™s ruling party and poll predictions, candidates aligned with the president won at least 17 state races, delivering a majority of seats to the ruling socialists. Venezuelan and foreign analysts, including Dr. Smilde, raise new questions about the integrity of Venezuela‘€™s electoral system.

Access the original stories below:
Venezuelan Opposition Denounces Latest Vote as Ruling Party Makes Gains
Venezuela Opposition Has Few Options After Vote Many Call Fraudulent
Opposition In Venezuela Calls For Another Round Of Elections

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Fernando Rivera-Díaz
Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese