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Caracas legislator Maria Corina Machado announced her candidacy for the primaries on Sunday, two days after the attorney general's office began investigating an allegation of corruption against the opposition front-runner, Miranda State Governor Henrique Capriles. "Populism must be combated but not with more populism," Machado told private TV network Globovision, predicting a win by the opposition next year. "A new era will be born."
He has often attacked Maria Corina directly, daring her to run for president against him in 2012. "That little bourgeois woman with a nice figure," Chavez called her in a recent speech, quoting a popular song. "Go ahead and get into the fray so you can know the fury of the people."
Another important factor influencing these elections was the multimillion-dollar support the opposition campaign received from US agencies, such as USAID, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI). These agencies, backing the opposition to Chavez for years, achieved a major result; their most loyal agents won top seats in parliament.
The latest Wikileaks releases include cables sent from the US Embassy in Caracas to the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Council, and other US entities, indicating requests for additional US government funding for opposition groups in Venezuela. The cables corroborate documents previously obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that evidence ongoing US funding to support anti-Chavez groups and political parties in Venezuela actively working to destabilize and overthrow the South American government.
You should think that with all the problems the americans have in their own land, they have other things to do besides interfering in South America.