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CARACAS---Venezuela s leftist government has cre-
ated shadow governments in states led by the oppo-
sition, establishing special entities with money to
spend ahead of next month s crucial, test-of-strength
municipal elections, experts say.
Three government-funded corporations have popped
up since March in states that elected opposition gov-
ernors in December 2012.
Sanctioned by law, the state corporations have their
own budgets for public works and in every case are
led by the losing "Chavista" gubernatorial candidate.
For instance, in the populous state of Miranda,
which includes part of Caracas and whose governor
is Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, Foreign Minister
Elias Jaua heads "CorpoMiranda."
Capriles charges that "the money allocated to Cor-
poMiranda is not to resolve problems, but for political
And he says the corporation received more funds
this year than the entire state budget, which is also
assigned by the central government.
Jaua, on his Twitter account, denies that and insists
"we are performing miracles for our people, efficiently
The rivalry has intensified with the approach of the
December 8 municipal elections, which are being
closely watched as the first real test of political strength
since President Nicolas Maduro s disputed election
Maduro was handpicked by the late Hugo Chavez
to be his successor.
But the coming contest will indicate how much
force the endorsement still carries, especially as the
country confronts a deepening economic crisis.
"The government seeks to weaken the image, the
authority and the financial resources available to the
'Chavistas' flank Venezuela
Opposition with shadow govts
HAVANA---A former US militant who hijacked a
plane to Cuba almost 30 years ago entered a Havana
airport yesterday to fly home to the United States
where he faces federal charges for air piracy.
William Potts saga began in 1984 when he concealed
a handgun in a cast upon boarding an airplane in
Newark, New Jersey, headed for Miami. He hijacked
the plane with 56 passengers aboard and forced the
pilot to land in Havana, where he thought he would
Instead, Potts was arrested and convicted of air
piracy and served 13 years in a Cuban prison. After
his release, he remained in Cuba, was married and
has two young daughters who have lived in the United
States since 2012.
"I m very anxious to return, this has been going on
too long. I m hoping for a just solution," Potts, 56,
told reporters before entering the Jose Marti Interna-
tional Airport, accompanied by two men who appeared
to be US marshals.
Potts was prepared to be arrested on his arrival in
Miami, where he is wanted for air piracy. He said he
expected the United States to take into consideration
his time in a Cuban prison.
"I committed a crime, paid my dues and that s it,"
He is thought to be one of the last of more than
a dozen members of the Black Panthers, a militant
black nationalist group, who hijacked planes and are
still alive in Cuba. Others have returned home to face
long prison terms or died.
Potts had tried to return home for a number of
years. In 2009, he asked President Barack Obama for
Potts arrived at the airport in a US Interests Section
vehicle and was escorted inside. The United States
and Cuba do not have diplomatic relations but maintain
lower level interests sections in each others capitals.
US plane hijacker leaves
Cuba after 30 years
File: A supporter of Hugo Chavez holds a photo of him during a rally in Caracas,
September 5. AFP PHOTO
elected authority by establishing a parallel adminis-
tration," said John Magdaleno, an expert on Venezuelan
Maduro appears nearly every day on the state-con-
trolled television, and in many these broadcasts is seen
inaugurating new schools, roads and clinics with the
presidents of the state corporations.
Not in the pictures are the opposition governors,
who accuse the government of abandoning their states.
In Venezuela, states do not have power to borrow
money and must work within the budgets assigned to
them by the central government. (AFP)
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