As expected, unfortunately the center-right coalition MUD has won Venezuela’s National Assembly elections. If they will get a “simple majority” in the National Assembly or a “qualified majority”, reminds to be seen before all 167 seats in the parliament are in place. Many factors can explain the down turn of the ruling socialist party PSUV: The country’s income was halved by December, mostly due to the plummeting oil prices since 2014. Hyper-inflation began in January 2015 and have been estimated up to date to a 160% increase. The decline of the bolivar have also made some panic in Venezuela. Still the real enemy is on the inside, with the corporate elite and the economic war on goods, speculators, and smugglers. And on the outside, with the economic interference and political support of the opposition from the US. See also: Venezuela crisis and US economic war
If this scenario is the start of a major turning point in Venezuela and other Latin-American leftist governments, or a shorter momentous period, will be clearer in the next few years. But one thing is certain, to many of us any way, that the struggle for a more equal and just Latin-America continues and the international solidarity with it. The many social, political and economical gains the people have fought for and achieved, must not be lost to elites and neo-liberals again. Therefore stand up for your rights – we all revolutionaries stands behind you! Hasta la victoria siempre! UN PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO!
Venezuelan Opposition Sweeps Parliamentary Elections
Caracas, December 7th 2015, (venezuelanalysis.com) Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) has released the preliminary but “irreversible” results of the country’s National Assembly elections.
President of the CNE, Tibisay Lucena (EFE/Fabiola Ferrero)
In the early hours of this Monday morning, Tibisay Lucena, the President of the CNE, congratulated the Venezuelan people on its impressive “demonstration of civility” before announcing that the Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), had swept to victory in the Venezuelan legislative elections.
According to Lucena, the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has so far gained just 46 seats in parliament while their political opponents, the MUD, have gained 99 out of a total of 167 – according to the most recent count. Twenty-two seats are yet to be announced, including three representatives for the country’s indigenous population.
Tibisay also highlighted the unprecedented levels of political participation and revealed that turnout had reached 74.25% of the registered electorate.
The announcement came on the heels of intense voting throughout Venezuela, with many voting centres remaining open following their programmed 6pm closing time in order to attend to voters queuing outside.
The victory hands the MUD a “simple majority” in the National Assembly, but this could change to a “qualified majority” depending on the outcome of the remaining twenty-two seats.
If the MUD goes on to win 100 seats it will be able to remove ministers from the presidential cabinet. If it manages to gain more than 111 seats, the coalition would wield enough power in the legislative body to dismiss Supreme Court Judges, reform the Constitution and convoke a recall referendum of the national executive without having collected the minimum quota of signatures required by the Bolivarian Constitution.
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and leader of the PSUV, Nicolas Maduro, moved to accept the results – the most debilitating defeat for the ruling Chavista government since it came to power in 1999 – immediately on national television.
“It’s not a time to cry, it’s a time to fight,” stated Maduro.
“The struggle for socialism is just beginning-we are experts in starting over, we came from the streets, we are the people of difficulties,” he added.
Published on Dec 7th 2015