Military detachment shields CNE office in Ciudad Bolívar
Opposition candidate running for Bolívar state governor Andrés Velásquez was adamant in disclaiming the results provided by the National Electoral Council (CNE)
Troops of the Bolivarian National Guard were deployed on Sunday night at the local chapter of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) in the capital city of Bolívar state, south Venezuela.
The military were deployed in Jesús Soto Avenue, a thoroughfare in the capital city; in the immediate vicinity of General Tomás de Heres airport, and Táchira Avenue, where the CNE local chapter is located.
Edgar Mata, the CNE local director, reported that the security was reinforced with the troops of Plan República in view of a demonstration staged by the followers of Andrés Velásquez, the candidate for opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) running for Bolívar state governor.
The MUD candidate voiced on Monday morning his determination to disavow the results produced by the CNE and promised to challenge them within the 15-day term by the election authority.
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.