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Maduro Can’t Hide the Crisis, Even on his Own TV Program

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 24, 2017, 7:08 pm
Maduro has recently fielded embarrassing questions on his TV program from hungry citizens (
Maduro has recently fielded embarrassing questions on his TV program from hungry citizens (El Universal).

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Television broadcasts of Nicolás Maduro are increasingly sinking him in Venezuelan public opinion. This is because the president has made it impossible to hide the humanitarian crisis facing the country even on his own television program.

First there was a student at a state school that asked to Maduro to improve the school’s infrastructure because the “ceiling was falling down”; at the same time, the girl took the opportunity to tell the president that the children in her school faint because they have no food in their homes or in the school cafeteria.

Then during another television broadcast, a single mother told Maduro that she has no way to feed her children, which the head of state decided to ignore, and then changed the subject by joking about the peculiar name of the woman in need.

According to a report from the Reuters news agency, Maduro’s unpredictable televised visits to clinics or schools, undertaken with the intention of softening his image, have only served to discredit him even more in the eyes of the Venezuelan people.

“Insofar as they try to hide reality, reality always comes out and reality hits them on live television,” said opposition leader Henrique Capriles in a recent speech to a local community.

Capriles also stated that the only one who has gained weight in Venezuela is Nicolás Maduro; “He no longer fits on the TV screen,” said the opposition leader.

It is said that in the South American country 93% of Venezuelans do not have the money to eat for an entire month, while 73% of them have lost weight in the past year.

“We are hungrier by day,” said the mother of two children who lost about 23 kilos (about 50 pounds) last year because she survives on a diet of rice, bananas, and corn cakes.

As hundreds of Venezuelans feed from the trash, Maduro jokes on television and comments about his culinary preferences. He recently commented how much he enjoyed chicken cooked in wine sauce.

Source: Reuters

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Colombia: Ex-Vice President Vargas and Ex-Mayor Petro Lead Presidential Field

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Mar 24, 2017, 5:57 pm
Vargas and Petro currently lead a large and divided field heading towards the 2018 elections (

Español The firm Cifras y Conceptos, allied with Caracol Radio and Red Más Noticias, revealed a new survey of the presidential elections that will be held in Colombia in 2018. The results showed that left-wing former Bogota mayor Gustavo Petro, and former vice president Germán Vargas Lleras, lead the opinion poll at this time. However, the percentages in question are nothing substantial. Petro obtained 14%, leading the poll, followed by Vargas Lleras with 13%. Next was Green Alliance Senator Claudia López, who obtained 11%. Next came Sergio Fajardo, ex-governor of Antioquia with 8%, followed by Minister of Labor, Clara López with 7%; The chief negotiator of the FARC Peace Deal Humberto de la Calle followed with 3%. Rounding out the field at 1% each were Senator Ivan Duque, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Martha Lucia Ramirez, Luis Alfredo Ramos, and Piedad Cordoba. Read More: Colombia: Vargas Lleras Offers Simon Gaviria Vice Presidential Slot Read More: Colombian Senator Demands President Santos Resign in Wake of Odebrecht Scandal The poll shows that there are several leftist candidates who have a high percentage compared to their opponents, which would lead one to think that a left-wing coalition might be viable. However, interpersonal disputes appear to preclude this possibility, since Robledo, of the Democratic Pole party, has strong differences with Clara Lopez, and rising star Claudia López has said that it does not seem like a good idea to enter into an alliance. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Gustavo Petro, who appears strongly positioned in the polls, said through his Twitter account that "an important sector of Colombian society wants me to be president of our country, it would be a commitment to change our history." However, he also faces high unpopularity due to a series of problems that emerged during his term as Bogota mayor. The presidential election is still more than a year way, and it has been little time since the resignation of Vice President Germán Vargas. However, surveys consistently show that he could become one of the strongest candidates in the next elections, where themes of corruption and the progress of the Santos-FARC peace agreement are sure to play front and center. To see the complete survey results, click here. Source: Caracol Radio

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