Ballot Protest

Ballot Protest

It was the perfect opportunity, urged President Carlos Andres Perez, for his countrymen "definitely and totally" to repudiate the aborted attempt last month to topple his government. For only the second time, Venezuelans had the chance to elect directly 22 state governors and 282 mayors. People responded, all right -- by throwing their support behind the opposition. Voters' rejection of the ruling Democratic Action party was widely interpreted as a sign of dissatisfaction with Venezuela's inflated economy and political corruption. Candidates from the President's party lost four of 11 state governorships.

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