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Venezuela voters approve claim to oil-rich swath of Guyana

Posted on AllSides December 4th, 2023
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Leonardo Fernández Viloria/Reuters

Venezuelans voted to support their country’s claim to an oil-and-mineral-rich swath of neighbouring Guyana in a referendum on Sunday. The referendum, which Guyana has described as a pretext for “annexation”, marks a new phase in a dispute over the Essequibo region that has escalated since ExxonMobil found oil in the Stabroek block off its coast in 2015. “We have to give a standing ovation to the Venezuelan people,” said Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s strongman socialist president, in a speech in Caracas after the electoral authority announced the results. “[We] have taken...

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