Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (front) speaks during the final campaign rally of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV), in Caracas, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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Venezuela's ruling socialists held primaries Sunday ahead of December's parliamentary election they are forecast to lose due to a biting recession and discontent with the late Hugo Chavez's uncharismatic successor.Still, the 50 year-old woman who asked not to be named, was voting Sunday, in part because she fears for her job if she does not support the government.The growing ranks of disillusioned ruling party supporters means Venezuela's MUD opposition coalition has its strongest shot in over a decade at recouping the National Assembly in the Dec. 6 vote.The electoral board mandated this week that a minimum of 40 percent of parliamentary candidates be women.Socialist candidates would only pocket 21.3 percent of votes for the National Assembly versus the opposition's 40.1 percent, a recent survey by pollster Datanalisis showed.
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