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Presidential primaries

Leopoldo López: I can and I will run for president

"We have not come to ask for permission. We have come to ask the Venezuelan people to join us with hope, strength and faith," said the leader of opposition Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) party

Leopoldo López thanked the political leaders who supported his cause (File photo: Gustavo Bandres)
Tuesday October 18, 2011  01:47 PM

Leopoldo López, the former mayor of Chacao municipality and national coordinator of opposition Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) party, announced on Tuesday that he will run for the presidential primary election, because he only needs the popular will to legitimize his nomination.

"We have not come to ask for permission. We have come to ask the Venezuelan people to join us with hope, strength, and faith," said the opposition leader.

The former mayor added that he will not negotiate his rights. "Those who think that they are going to force us to kneel down while they try to snatch our rights are wrong. Dignity will wear the presidential sash in 2012. Rights are not negotiable."

López said that he will continue touring the country "with a proposal of peace, welfare and progress" and with a platform that has been named "For a better Venezuela."

What goes out of the La Yaguara industrial park

María Fernanda Astudillo is a store analyst for Alimentos Polar working at the company's facilities in La Yaguara. At only 23 years of age, she has made a career in that company where she has worked for the last six years. Now, besides her responsibilities, which include overseeing shipping/receiving and warehousing of goods, she is taking part in the roundtable discussions among the other companies operating in the La Yaguara industrial park, the Government and the workers exploring possible ways of coping with the order to expropriate the land.

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