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Congressional Elections in Venezuela Could Lead to More Chaos

April 26, 2016

2015 has been a difficult year for Venezuela, with falling oil prices and a tumbling economy, inflation has risen to 100% and there are constant shortages of basic goods.2 People have been taking to the streets to protest the government and its handling of the crisis, which in many instances it refuses to acknowledge. President Nicolás Maduro, who is a member of the same socialist party as his predecessor Hugo Chávez, has not been managing the various crises well.

Similar Faces in Decisive Peruvian Election

Peruvian presidential, vice-presidential, congressional, and Andean Parliament elections will be held on April 10, 2016.1 Similar to the previous 2011 election, it is predicted that this election will go into a runoff election in early June because none of the candidates will win a majority of the vote. To win in the first round, a candidate will have to win 50 percent of the vote.2

The Politics of Language

The use of Spanish in the US has been a long contested issue. For a long time Americans sought to ban the use of non-English languages. During the Republican debate in South Carolina, candidate Marco Rubio made a comment to competitor Ted Cruz that Cruz couldn’t have understood his arguments because they were previously delivered in Spanish and Cruz isn’t a fluent speaker of Spanish (see video).

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