The Venezuelan Communist Party has entered a candidate for presidential elections for the first time in 30 years.
GV Cars decorated with red flags and posters driving through streets of Caracas, Venezuela, in Communist Party procession.
CU Poster showing drawings of Party leaders.
GV INTERIOR Communist Party meeting and large poster of Presidential candidate Hector Mujica on wall.
GVs AND Mujica addressing meeting (In Spanish) and audience applauding and chanting (5 shots)
SV Mujica acknowledging applause.
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Background: The Venezuelan Communist Party has entered a candidate for presidential elections for the first time in 30 years. Under the Venezuelan constitution, the presidency lasts for five years, and an election is due next at the end of President Carlo Andres Perez' first term.
SYNOPSIS: The Communist Party publicly presented their new candidate in a procession through the streets of Caracas, the capital, on Sunday (4 September) and at an indoor rally attended by all the party leaders.
The Party, established in 1931, has played little part in active politics since then. The new candidate, Hector Mujica, is confident of changing that.
Senhor Mujica, who received a rousing welcome from the audience, aims to at least establish the Communist as a political power, even if he doesn't win the Presidency.
But Senhor Mujica and the relatively small Communist Party face enormous opposition in a country which has traditionally been ruled either by right-wing dictators, or right-wing democratic governments. Venezuela is one of the more politically stable of Latin American societies, and with its oil-wealth has a comparatively low percentage of poor people who might be persuaded towards Communism.