Venezuelans in Qatar to vote on Sunday

April 12, 2013 - 4:26:39 am

Fernando Centeno (right), Charge d’Affaires at the Venezuela embassy, and Nabil Aref Abou Assaly, Press Officer and Translator, during a media briefing at the embassy yesterday. 
      Salim Matramkot

DOHA: Hundreds of Venezuelans living in Qatar are called to vote on Sunday’s elections, after the recent death of president, Hugo Chavez. The Venezuelan constitution establishes that the vote must take place a maximum of 30 days after the passing away of the former president.

About 600 Venezuelans live in Qatar and work mainly in the oil and gas industries. Fernando Centeno, Charge d’Affaires at the embassy here, said in a press conference yesterday that Venezuelan nationals have already been informed of the voting process. The Embassy will open according to the schedule marked by the Venezuelan Government, taking into account the eight hour time difference.

“After the passing of our eternal leader, the opposition continues to seek other methods to prevent Nicolas Maduro from being elected,” stated the Venezuelan official. 

“We ask our closest companions to support the democratic system. We’re sure Nicolas Maduro will be elected president; we’ll show it in the polls and put an end to all conspiracy plans,” he added.

Centeno also talked about a supposed conspiracy to kill Nicolas Maduro, the candidate Hugo Chavez designated as his successor. According to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, such plans already exist and its epicentre is in El Salvador. He added that the opposition would have recruited two groups of mercenaries in that country to perpetrate this assault.

On occasion of the upcoming 11th anniversary of the Victory of the People and Restitution of the Rule of Law in Venezuela this Saturday, Centeno stated: “on that day the streets were dressed by the people.” 

On April 13, 2002, former President Chavez resumed power 48 hours after being overthrown by military leaders who accused him of the clashes on April 11 in Caracas, which killed some 19 people who made up the opposition march. 

The Peninsula