The Wall Street Journal

Chávez Rival Hit by State Attacks
The Wall Street Journal

President Hugo Chávez’s new opponent in the October presidential elections faced a hail of vicious attacks from state media Tuesday and a judicial challenge from the government-influenced Supreme Court.

Henrique Capriles, who on Sunday won an overwhelming victory in an opposition primary, was vilified in a campaign in Venezuela’s state-run media, which insinuated he was, among other things, a homosexual and a Zionist agent. On Sunday, Mr. Capriles won more than 1.8 million votes out of more than three million votes cast, stunning the government, which had predicted a far smaller turnout.

« This is characteristic of this government, » said Ramon José Medina, a coordinator for the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Panel, better known by its Spanish acronym MUD. « The government is in attack mode after seeing three million people vote in the primary. »

Although Mr. Chávez is still popular with many poor Venezuelans, the country is afflicted with the world’s highest inflation rate, suffers from a wave of violence, shortages of basic foods and frequent power blackouts.

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