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Venezuelans in Canaries hail ‘return of democracy’
Thousands of Venezuelans in the Canaries have given a warm welcome to the regime change in their home country, where the elections on December 6 saw the controversial Maduro regime lose power.


Former President Nicolás Maduro had to recognise the landslide victory of the centre-right coalition Mesa de La Unidad Democratica
Former President Nicolás Maduro had to recognise the landslide victory of the centre-right coalition Mesa de La Unidad Democratica
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19.12.2015 - The situation of the troubled South American country features regularly in the news here given the long-standing ties between the Canaries and Venezuela, which is popularly known as the ‘8th Canary Island’ on account of its large Canarian population, the product of years of emigration from these shores in the mid-20th century.

Many Venezuelans opted to leave their homeland to escape the regime installed firstly by Hugo Chávez in the late 90s and latterly by his successor Nicolás Maduro, whose brand of 21st-century socialism has seen the oil rich country plunged into poverty.  It is estimated that 90 per cent of Venezuela’s emigration has taken place in the last 15 years, with thousands flocking to the Canaries (particularly Tenerife), but the imminent change of government could encourage many to contemplate a return.  Nationals of the country living in Spain were barred from voting on December 6 under controversial legislation which Maduro’s critics said was designed to improve his election chances. 



Gallery: Venezuelans in Canaries hail ‘return of democracy’
Former President Nicolás Maduro had to recognise the landslide victory of the centre-right coalition Mesa de La Unidad Democratica  
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