Opposition presidential pre-candidates Teodoro Petkoff and
Julio Borges, together with northwestern Zulia state governor
Manuel Rosales, vowed to respond to the "national aspiration"
of selecting one single opposition presidential hopeful to
face Hugo Chávez in next December 3rd election.
Even though Rosales has not officially launched his presidential candidacy, he is likely to do it in the next few hours.
In a news conference held in Maracaibo, Zulia state, the hopefuls did not rule "any mechanism" to select an opposition candidacy by consensus. They may resort to primary elections, consensus or elect the candidate with the largest popular support.
They vowed to privilege the national interest to lead the country to a better future over personal and political aspirations.
US / EU Sanctions
HUMAN RIGHTS In a communiqué issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Office, the government rebutted and labeled as "interventionist" the resolution issued by the European Parliament (EP) on December 18 on Venezuela.
US SANCTIONS The US government has meted out sanctions to 33 Venezuelan current and former government officers in the past six years, most of them linked with drug trafficking and human rights abuses.
HUMAN RIGHTS The European Parliament "categorically" condemned in a resolution political "persecution" in Venezuela, as well as "repression" against opposition parties.