Venezuelans vote over land in Guyana – level 3

07-12-2023 07:00

Venezuelans participated in a referendum supported by President Nicolas Maduro, addressing a border dispute with Guyana.

The dispute involves a question about rejecting the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over territory around the Essequibo River, a potentially oil-rich land. The referendum aims to gauge support for Maduro’s government ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Despite Guyana’s request to halt the referendum, the ICJ ruled without forbidding it and urged both parties to avoid actions that worsen the dispute. Maduro cast his vote and encouraged approval.

Political analysts believe Maduro is using the referendum to test electoral strength, expecting it to pass due to a lack of opposition campaigning. Voters expressed hopes of reclaiming the disputed territory.

Difficult words: jurisdiction (legal authority or control), gauge (to assess or measure), electoral (relating to elections).

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What potential consequences could arise from the referendum supported by President Maduro, and how might it impact the ongoing border dispute with Guyana?


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