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State win for Venezuela’s opposition masks deeper problems (Chris Arsenault, Al Jazeera)

Venezuela’s opposition has won an important symbolic battle in securing the governorship in Barinas State, but analysts say they are still losing the broader political war with government forces.

On the home turf of the oil-rich country’s late leader, Hugo Chavez, opposition candidate Sergio Garrido late on Sunday defeated the governing socialist party’s Jorge Arreaza, who served as Venezuela’s vice president and foreign minister.

State win for Venezuela’s opposition masks deeper problems | Politics News | Al Jazeera