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Venezuelans vote in Congressional Elections

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Presidential Guard officers hold their national identification cards as they enter a polling station during congressional elections in Caracas, Venezuela, yesterday.

Yesterday saw important congressional elections being held in Venezuela, and flights into Venezuela before the polls were packed with expatriates returning home to vote.

Working professionals, ambitious students and members of the upper classes have left the country in droves in recent years.

Venezuela, doesn't allow absentee voting for congressional elections, so generally opposition-leaning expats must fly back if they want to participate.

Analysts estimate that more than one million people have left the country of 30 million since Chavez came to power in 1998.