Electoral authority asks VP Maduro to suspend his press conference
In an address to the media, Vicente Díaz, a director of the National Electoral Council (CNE), rejected the conversation Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro was having with state-run news media, which was then suspended
Director of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Vicente Díaz asked Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro to "immediately suspend" the press conference offered from the headquarters of pro-government campaign team Comando Carabobo arguing that it violated the electoral law because Maduro allegedly engaged in proselytism in favor of ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela's candidates.
According to Díaz, Maduro was "tarnishing the electoral climate without any need," as he violated election regulations. Díaz explained that Maduro made an open call to President Hugo Chávez's followers, asking them not to leave the Venezuelan president alone and support him. "It is a call for people to vote for a determined political choice, which is a violation of the election law."
Regarding abstention, Díaz said it was early to assess the turnout in Sunday election as there was time left for the closure of voting centers. Díaz suggested that perhaps voters decided to vote later.
The CNE director also reported that all the voting stations were set up successfully and were operating smoothly.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.