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Venezuela's opposition party wins parliament in a blow to Maduro

For the first time in 17 years Chavismo won nationwide elections

CNN’s Brian Walker and Tiffany AP report from Venezuela: opposition party sweeps elections.

Since the president Hugo Chavez took office in 1999, there were no major shifts in power balance of legislative branch in Venezuela’s government. However, the situation changed dramatically, when the opposition party has claimed the majority of the seats in the National Assembly in elections held Sunday.

Tibisay Lucena, the president of Consejo Nacional Electoral, announced that The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) took 99 seats to just 46 for the United Social Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

"Venezuela, we won!" said opposition key figure Henrique Capriles, governor of the state of Miranda. "I always told you all, this was the way! Humility, maturity and serenity. Long live the people of Venezuela!"

Many Venezuelans decided to express their feelings and publicly acknowledge their participation in the voting by posting of ink-dyed fingers on social media.
The elections delivered a major blow to the predominant for 17 years ideology of Chavismo, a left-wing political ideology based on the ideas, programs and government style associated with the former president of Venezuela,Hugo Chávez.

"This is a victory for democracy," said Jesus Torrealba, executive secretary for the MUD.
"It's a historic victory, now begins the time for change in Venezuela!" he said to cheering supporters who chanted "Libertad, libertad" at the victory rally at MUD headquarters in Caracas.
In following radio broadcast president Nicolas Maduro announced that he accepted his loss and will respect the results of election, but also asked people not to give up on the mission of deceased Hugo Chavez to create a socialist state. He specified the cause of his party defeat, by blaming "the economic war" waged by political interests inside and outside the state.

A Pew Research Center poll this week showed 85% of Venezuelans were dissatisfied with the direction the country was taking. The major issues of economic inflation, a crippling recession and a rise in violence and insecurity were unresolved during Maduro’s presidency and this change of political course may prove to be beneficial for the Venezuela in a long run.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

The fact is, many of Venezuelans, among them Chavistas, voted for the opposition.

They did so since they had enough of the cronyism, corruption and violence that took place under Maduro.

Maduro speaks now of a counterrevolution, saying it is not permanent, and that there will be future changes and lessons learned.

The first decision a true leader should take after such a defeat is resign.

Voting in democratic elections should not be confused with a genuine revolution as took place in Cuba, China, and Russia.

Maduro has engaged in cheap populism for years, seeking to imitate Chavez and not addressing the root problems. He did not crack down heavily on corruption within the government and army, not at the abuse of power by the poor.

Instead, he constantly pointed fingers at the US and at the opposition at home.

In short, Maduro lacked courage. Which is a quality every revolutionary needs.

One would have hoped Maduro would have learned the lesson. Alas, he still did not.

This is a very difficult moment for those who followed the major gains made under Hugo Chavez, though many steps back were taken in the areas of inflation and security. But to those who truly followed what was taking place in the country, the PSUV’s defeat should come as no surprise.  Personally, I was quite disappointed following my own visit to Venezuela months ago by how bad things were.

 

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Pedro Marin

I can’t say it wasn’t expected – although it is very disappointing. Chavismo’s democratic revolution isn’t something exclusive or new. The Chilean former President Salvador Allende tried it in the 70’s, and failed, as Venezuelan socialists now are. History has already addressed us this message: the “democratic” capitalist system wasn’t made for structural changes within, especially in such a unipolar world, where US has a controlling influence all over the world. But the history, stubborn as it is, keep repeating itself over and over again.

With this new national assembly, where opposition holds almost two thirds of the seats, it will be very hard to rule. If opposition in National Assembly doesn’t work to solve the country’s problems, they can Always say things didn’t get better because “change” hasn’t arrived in the Presidency.

This is a new chapter not only for Venezuelans, but for all Latin Americans. Venezuela, among all Latin America countries – leaving aside Cuba, obviously – is home of the most radical anti-imperialist government of the continent. It was a a guiding light for Latin America.

The results of 6th December elections are clearly the results of a destroyed economy. People kept voting for Chávez and more recently for Maduro because Chavismo made their lives better. The same happened in most Latin American countries.

But new winds began blowing: in Argentina, neoliberal candidate Mauricio Macri won. In Brazil, there’s a impeachment process going on against President Dilma, whose popularity is also disastrously falling. There’s no coincidence here: the world’s periphery is once again paying for the first-world problems.

If Venezuela’s Bolivarian government’s end has arrived already, there’s no doubt other popular governments of the mainland will fall as well. The question now is this: when will we stop struggling with history, and change it once and for all?

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