“Chavismo,” the left-wing movement that blossomed around deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez over the past decade, “comfortably” won municipal elections throughout the country this month, “consolidating President Maduro’s leadership, and further enhancing Venezuelan democracy,” writes a leader of the populist Venezuela Solidarity Campaign.
Candidates of Venezuela’s PSUV socialist party won 76 percent of the nation’s 210 mayoralties. PSUV candidates and their allies also won 49.24 percent of the overall popular vote, leading right-wing candidates by 7 percent. Nearly 60 percent of Venezuela’s citizens cast their ballots, a large proportion compared with the nation’s usual electoral turnouts, VSC leader Francisco Dominguez writes.
Key sections of the MUD and the MUD’s allies in the US saw the untimely death of President Hugo Chavez earlier this year as a window of opportunity to destabilise and oust the Bolivarian government. And they thought this opportunity increased when at the presidential election to replace president Chavez on 14 April 2013, Nicolas Maduro won by a slender 1.5 per cent.
To prepare the ground in the run-up to April they waged a massive and intense but groundless campaign to discredit the CNE (National Electoral Council.) Believing the moment was ripe, they unleashed a wave of violence prompted by their leader Henrique Capriles, who on April 15, on national TV called upon his supporters to come out into the streets to protest at the ‘electoral fraud’ and invited them ‘to vent your anger’. The resulting violence led to the death of 11 people, and two children.
The false accusation of fraud was a charge used by Capriles and the MUD not to accept defeat and to not recognise the Maduro government. This position of non-recognition is a position supported by only one government in the world: the United States. Still today, Capriles and the MUD have yet to recognise the Maduro government and accept the election result of April 2013. US state agencies continue to fund with millions of dollars (of taxpayers money) the activities of Venezuela’s right wing.