In Venezuela, Some Chavistas Are Quietly Drifting Toward the Opposition 

By Tony Frangie Mawad

A reshuffle in political sympathies may increase the opposition’s chances in the upcoming July 28 election.

CARACAS — Some weeks ago, hundreds gathered in the streets of Valera, a small city in the western Venezuelan state of Trujillo, to welcome María Corina Machado, the country’s leading political figure. For days, she had been rallying crowds in the state’s rural towns to support a once little-known former diplomat, Edmundo González Urrutia, who is now the opposition’s candidate for the July 28 presidential election. It was part of an unprecedented campaign in Venezuelan history, after the government banned Machado from running for office. Like much of Trujillo, the city of Valera...

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