Nelson de Sá: ‘With jingles and cautious optimism’, opposition returns to the polls in Venezuela


With the extensive report “With catchy jingles and cautious optimism, Venezuelan opposition returns to the polls”, the Reuters agency opened its coverage of the final stretch of elections in the country, next Sunday.

The text begins, “With the sound of samba drums, opposition candidate Mirlenys Palacios campaigned with dozens of supporters in the narrow streets of a hillside neighborhood in Caracas, something unthinkable in recent years.”

It describes how, “frustrated by the failure of US sanctions and encouraged by the presence of EU observers, the main opposition parties decided to return to the polls” after boycotting for years.

In the US, there is resistance, at least from part of the Joe Biden administration. The Washington Post reported that American “current and former authorities” would be “irritated” by the actions of the European Union High Representative abroad, Josep Borrell.

The newspaper names only one former official, Elliott Abrams, Donald Trump’s envoy to Venezuela, who questions the European decision to give up Juan Guaidó and “woo Henrique Capriles”, also an oppositionist (above, in campaign).

But the WP reports that it is not just the EU that is sending observers to Venezuela. Also the Carter Center, owned by the former Democratic president.


The Spanish agency Efe reports that Borrell met with Lula to discuss, among other things, the elections in Venezuela.


Bloomberg spoke with the now presidential candidate Sergio Moro, in the dispatch “Former judge seeks to bridge the rift between right and left in Brazil in the 2022 election” (reproduction below).

In the statement highlighted in Brazilian vehicles, “there are good people in Centrão” (intertitle above, in the original in English).


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