Venezuela Court Decisions Shake Up Two Small Parties

By: AP
By: AP

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Supreme Court has issued decisions shaking up the leadership of two small political parties and apparently preventing them from backing opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles.

Capriles condemned the court decisions on Thursday in a message on Twitter, saying that President Hugo Chavez's government is resorting to "judicial tricks" to keep the parties Podemos and PPT from supporting his candidacy. Both used to be pro-Chavez but have in recent years moved to the opposition.

The Supreme Court said in a statement that it had decided to recognize former pro-Chavez state governor Didalco Bolivar as the leader of Podemos, rather than established leader Ismael Garcia.

A similar ruling in the case of PPT voided the party's most recent internal elections and ordered it to hold new elections within 90 days.

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