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Hugo Chávez’s brother resigned as governor of Barinas after a repeat election was ordered

Argenis Chávez, older brother of the late former president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, He resigned this Tuesday from the governorship of Barinas, after the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) order to repeat the elections in that state where the opposition claimed victory.

Chávez, candidate for the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in the recent regional elections, will not run for re-election when the elections are repeated on January 9 by order of the highest court of justice, and said that the designation of the new candidate will fall to the top of the political organization.

“I am going to present my resignation to the position of governor before the competent body that is the regional legislative council” to “expedite this transition process from here to the elections,” Chávez said during a press conference.

Argenis Chávez with the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. Photo: EFE

Argenis Chávez, 63, ran for the governorship of Barinas during the regional elections on November 21 versus opponent Freddy Superlano, who demanded that his “victory” be made official in this region of 970,000 inhabitants and where the Chávez family has ruled since 1998.

Barinas was the only state that did not present election results, sparking protests in the homeland of former president Hugo Chávez (1999-2013).

Fraud allegations

The PSUV won 19 of 23 governorships in a process in which the bulk of the opposition returned to the polls after refusing to participate in the 2018 votes, in which President Nicolás Maduro was re-elected, and the 2020 parliamentarians, denouncing that they were “fraudulent” processes.

On Monday, the Electoral Chamber of the TSJ ordered the National Electoral Council (CNE) to call new elections.

In the ruling published at night on its web portal, the Supreme Court, accused by the opposition of favoring the government with its decisions, acknowledges that the “projections provided by the CNE” give Superlano 37.60% of the votes cast and Argenis Chávez 37.21%.

The results that favored Superlano were recognized this Tuesday by ChávezHowever, the Supreme Court underlines “the condition of ineligibility” of the opponent, alleging that he was disqualified last August by the Comptroller’s Office, due to accusations of corruption.

In a first sentence, the highest court had ordered the CNE “the immediate suspension” of the vote count in Barinas, while also referring that Superlano is “disqualified from the exercise of any public office” due to “administrative and criminal inquiries.”

Superlano, who announced protests in Barinas, described the ruling as “one more demonstration of little will” to “rebuild an electoral route as a way out of the political, social and economic crisis.”

For more than two decades, the relatives of Hugo Chávez have dominated the government of Barinas. Chain started with his father, Hugo de los Reyes Chávez, governor from 1998 to 2008; He continued with his brother Adán, current Venezuelan ambassador to Cuba, between 2008 and 2016; and continued with Argenis, since 2017.

Source: AFP

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