Jeber Barreto organized voting in the controversial Venezuelan referendum for eligible voters in Lebanon in July. (The Daily Star via Barreto)
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After 16 years in Venezuela, Lebanese-Venezuelan Walid Rustom packed his bags and returned to Beirut with his younger son to begin a new chapter of his life – hopefully free from violence and daily instability.Despite prominent Arab connections to the regimes of both Chavez and Maduro, Karam noted that strong divisions still exist among civilians. Jeber Barreto and his wife, Marrun Adriana Rahme, immigrated back to Lebanon several years before Rustom did, once the couple could see no future in Venezuela. Despite having settled a world away, Barreto remains active in Venezuelan politics as the leader of the Voluntad Popular political party – a major Venezuelan opposition party – in Lebanon. Voluntad Popular was founded in 2009, and has highlighted the human rights infringements carried out by Chavez, and now Maduro. This past July, Beretto organized voting in an unofficial Venezuelan referendum – called by opposition parties in response to a Maduro's aborted move to take over the opposition-controlled National Assembly – for eligible voters in Lebanon. While Lebanon seems to have welcomed back a significant amount of Venezuelans with Lebanese origins, Beretto could not provide an accurate estimate of the number.
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