The struggle to retake a Venezuelan prison from its heavily-armed inmates has spawned a political battle, with the government opening an investigation into the prison gang bosses’ alleged links to opposition politicians.
The Venezuela election on Sunday saw the political opposition gain more than one-third of seats in legislature, enough to stymie Hugo Chávez's future initiatives.
A united opposition in Sunday's Venezuela election could gain seats in the legislature and limit President Hugo Chavez's power as citizens grow weary of poverty and crime.
After 10 years as president, Hugo Chávez has polarized Venezuela, but inspired its poor.
This election acts as a referendum on Chávez.