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Parallel Governments Stoke Polarized Politics in Venezuela

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Opposition politician Ricardo Hernandez was elected mayor of Tariba, a small Venezuelan city near the border with Colombia, by a landslide. But he didn't have long to bask in his victory. In the days after Dec. 8 municipal elections in which the opposition won 75 mayoralties, Hernandez discovered that the company that collects trash had stopped working - apparently on orders of his predecessor, a member of the ruling Socialist Party [PSUV]. And, the new mayor said, the state...

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