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Yearbook 2010

Venezuela. In the September 26 congressional elections, President Hugo Chávez failed to win the two-thirds majority he sought, despite his party's Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) winning 96 of the Congress's 165 seats. However, the PSUV is still the largest party and the overweightness of Chávez in public opinion was still evident. Opposition Alliance Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) got 64 seats, and Chávez's former backing party Patria Para Todos (PPT), who has now joined the opposition, got two seats. According to COUNTRYAAH, particular attention was drawn to María Corina Machado, who is considered to have the best chances of defeating Chávez in the 2012 presidential election. Because of the constitution's constitution, the election result meant that the opposition was given disproportionately few seats.

2010 Venezuela

In response to Colombia's defense minister Gabriel Silva's claims in July that the Venezuelan government is protecting members of the Colombian guerrilla movements FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) and ELN (Ejército de Liberación Nacional) in its territory, President Chávez refused to prove the installation of the new Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos August 7. Relations with neighboring countries have long been chilly, especially during the resignation of President Álvaro Uribe. But as a sign that at least Chávez was hoping for better relations, he received the newly elected President Santos in Caracas in early November.

At the end of November, the coastal areas were hit by the worst rainfall since 1999, when at least 10,000 people were killed. The death toll this time was considerably lower, but nearly 60,000 people were affected by the storm and half were evacuated from their homes.

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