Contributed from Victoria
Venezuela has just had municipal elections and the result was a
landslide victory for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela
(PSUV). There were also important wins for candidates standing for
grass roots (communal) organisations, some of which are critical of
the PSUV. Together this accounted for about 75 percent of the vote
and the taking of 90 percent of the contested positions.
The losers were the hard-line opposition. One reason is that
they are very divided. Some of the parties boycotted and their core
supporters didnt vote. This did affect the turnout. But other
hard-line opposition parties did taker part. They failed to win
support. The result was conclusive.
However, the supporters of the hardliners outside Venezuela, the
Trump administration and the global media monopolies have chosen to
remain silent. The result doesnt suit the narrative that the Maduro
government is holding on through brute force, because it does not
have the support of the Venezuelan people.
When there is a serious economic crisis, a high level of
sabotage and destabalisation carried out by those wanting regime
change, the outcome has been remarkable.
International observers on the ground praised he electoral
process and ruled it to be fair. They also pointed out that the
checking and rechecking of votes was transparent and thorough.
The result of the elections surprised the pundits.
Perhaps the oppositions having pushed the country into nine
elections in three years and not respecting the process has
something to do with it. Attempted intervention of the United
States, its training of mercenaries in Columbia and elsewhere, an
assassination attempt on President Maduro earlier this year and
bankrolling of the opposition has outraged many and cant be
There is a fear of the return of the old oligarchy of the past,
which presided over extreme wealth and privilege for a very few and
poverty for the rest of the nation.
Within the Bolivarian camp there is a debate over the pathto the
future. A major criticism of the government is what is considered
its top down style, rather than building a society government from
the grass roots up. These critics call for a government that
Despite differences, the two wings are united in what they see
is the need to stop the return of the foreign backed oligarchy.
It remains that a major part of the electorate did not take
part. This is not unique to Venezuela, nor in Venezuela own
history. Nor can it be said that all of those who did not vote are
opponents of the government. The reasons for the failure to vote
Regardless of this, it its something the Boli...