Venezuela: Farewell to Socialism?

It seems that Chavez’s legacy has come to an end thanks to high crime, widespread shortages, uncontrollable inflation, and the inability of President Maduro to implement reforms that could have led Venezuela’s people into a better more prosper economy.

Venezuelans are stockpiling food and putting off plans as the South American country brims with excitement and dread ahead of elections that could hand the opposition control of congress for the first time since 1998. Once-loyal supporters of the late Hugo Chavez appear to be tiring of high crime, widespread shortages and triple-digit inflation.

The upcoming congressional elections (December 06) has more than two dozen parties competing in a contest that represents the stiffest challenge in 16 years for Venezuela’s ruling socialist party, and making Maduro nervous on the possibility of loosing control of the Congress.

 “If the hard-core right-wingers win on Dec. 6, prepare for chaos, violence and protests that overwhelm this country” – Maduro.

Facts

  • Venezuelans will elect all 167 deputies to five-year terms in the country’s unicameral National Assembly.
  • More than 19.5 million Venezuelans are registered to vote on December 6, according to the National Electoral Council.
  •  Approximately 100,000 Venezuelans living abroad will not able to vote.
  • The opposition would likely  win a majority in the Assembly and business as usual, though the executive would retain veto powers. In order to amend the Constitution and make major reforms in Venezuela the opposition needs to control two-thirds of the Assembly.

Electoral Violence

November 25, Luis Díaz, a regional opposition leader, was shot dead at a campaign meeting held by Lilian Tintori, wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez who was imprisoned last September.

Ms. Tintori has been targeted by hit-men in order to silence her voice to “liberate” Venezuela.

“I’m a human-rights activist, a Venezuelan, a mother, and a victim myself, and I’m very close to the victims of my country, to those who’ve had their husbands killed and their brothers imprisoned. I’m just one of the Venezuelans raising my voice and standing up for the rights of Venezuelans.”

Winds of Change

First, Mauricio Macri changed history in Argentina, and now Venezuela’s opposition has the opportunity to control the Congress push for real social reforms and not merely to spit angrily at the ruling party.

Apparently, the Pink Tide is fading away.

 

 

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