Hundreds of opposition candidates have been barred from running in Venezuela's local elections this November, and analysts say the move shows that the government of President Hugo Chavez is worried he's losing support at the local level
The Venezuelan Supreme Court has decided to give ailing president Hugo Chavez as much time as he needs to recover. The BBC's Sarah Grainger in Caracas said it's not clear whether a new election will be scheduled in the near future.
Venezuela held gubernatorial and mayoral elections over the weekend. The parties allied with President Hugo Chavez won a majority of the contests but the opposition also posted some gains. The BBC's Will Grant reports from Caracas.
Augusto Montiel, a member of Chavez's ruling United Socialist Party, is marching with the large crowds that have gathered on the streets to mourn President Hugo Chavez and says emotions are running high.
Hugo Chavez has been president of Venezuela for 12 years -- and he remains popular. But the outspoken leader of the South American country is facing the toughest challenge of his electoral career from Henrique Capriles, and it comes at a time when Chavez is battling cancer.