Venezuela Vote – level 3
Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, is ready to regain the only body of the government that he does not control, the National Assembly.
In congressional election, Venezuela elected 277 lawmakers; however, the vote was boycotted by the main opposition parties. They claimed that the vote lacked guarantees to be fair and free. They also rejected that the vote did not have trusted international observers, such as the United Nations and the European Union.
Turnout was expected to be between 25% and 36%, which was the lowest in ten years. The government was trying to secure more voters through special bonus payments and food handouts. The president even promised to grant special prizes to the 100 communities with the highest participation rates.
Difficult words: boycott (to ban something as a form of protest), observer (a person or organization who watches something happen without having an active part in it), turnout (the number of people who take part in an event), secure (to get more of something).
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