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Venezuelans spurn Perez

CARACAS (Reuter) - The Venezuelan President, Carlos Andres Perez, fresh from the second bloody coup attempt this year, received another blow yesterday when early projections showed voters had spurned his party in regional elections. Two television stations predicted that Mr Perez's Accion Democratica party had won between six and eight of 22 gubernatorial seats in Sunday's polls against 11 for the leading opposition party, Copei.

'A new political map exists in Venezuela,' said Eduardo Fernandez, the party's jubilant leader. 'Copei has been converted into the leading political power in the country.' Venevision said Accion Democratica won eight of 22 states while Televen said the ruling party won no more than six. Final results were expected late last night.