Morel Rodríguez: I was not defeated by Mata Figueroa
The opposition outgoing governor of Nueva Esparta state, northeast Venezuela, said the electoral campaign of his challenger, pro-government elected governor Carlos Mata Figueroa, was funded by state-run oil firm Pdvsa, public utility Corpoelec and the Interior Ministry
"I was not defeated by (ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV) Carlos Mata Figueroa. These three bodies I just mentioned were the winners. I wish the mistakes of this alleged democracy are corrected so that the bodies monitoring State funds work in order to allocate public funds with honesty and transparency," he added.
Why did Gerardo come to Caracas? One day he took the decision, handed the car keys to his father, gave him his share of the cloth business they both owned in San Cristóbal and kissed his wife and two sons goodbye. "He told us he was going to continue fighting for Venezuela," the wife says. That was in mid-2013. He has been imprisoned since May 8, 2014.