CARACAS, Sunday December 16, 2012 | Update
ELECTION 2012 | Táchira

Vielma Mora: "We need much democracy in Venezuela"

There is the need "seize the timing and become important citizens who will elect their authorities"

The pro-government candidate cast his ballot (File photo)
Sunday December 16, 2012  02:23 PM

Candidate for ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Psuv) running for Táchira state governor, José Gregorio Vielma Mora, made an appeal to "seize the timing to become important citizens who will elect their authorities and later request them to do the right thing for Táchira state."

"This is why I am here; asking you eagerly to go out and vote your favorite candidate. Abstention must be reduced; even though it is too high in local elections, such a custom should be broken as it endangers local political criteria," he cautioned.

About the sudden shutdown of the Venezuela-Colombia border on Saturday afternoon, he acknowledged that had not queried into the situation, and talked instead on potential bilateral relations if elected Táchira state governor.
Ailing healthcare system seeking a cure

The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.

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