Opposition coalition wins control of Venezuela’s national assembly


Washington Post:

Opposition coalition wins control of Venezuela’s national assembly

CARACAS, Venezuela — The Venezuelan government lost control of its National Assembly early Monday morning, a major electoral defeat that revealed the deep discontent with President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist administration and the country’s unraveling economy.
The victory by the opposition coalition set the stage for further confrontation and could energize a movement aiming to Maduro from power before the end of his term in 2019. The result also marked a turning point for the “revolution” launched 16 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez.

About a half hour after midnight, the head of the country’s electoral body announced that the opposition coalition had won at least 99 of the 167 legislative seats. Cheers went up at the opposition’s campaign headquarters in a Caracas hotel. Another 22 seats had yet to be called, giving the opposition a possibility of winning an even larger majority.

The country has experienced a wrenching economic crisis in recent years. Opponents blame government mismanagement; Maduro — who is a tireless critic of the United States, as Chávez was — blames enemies in the business community for sabotaging the economy to turn people against his government.
“I can say today that the economic war has triumphed,” Maduro said in a televised address. He added that he accepted the results.

Let’s hope Marudo goes quietly when the time comes, good to see he “accepts the results” contrary to his previous statements.
Now the new government once installed will have to hold a coalition together while everybody expects them to make everything better overnight.


praying for Venezuela.


Maduro’s presidential term has four more years to run, but he may lose his job ahead of time:

*Though his term ends in 2019, hardline opposition leaders want to oust him in a recall referendum next year. They would require nearly 4 million signatures to force the recall vote.

“I can’t see this government finishing its term because it is too weak,” said opposition leader Henry Ramos, touted as a possible leader for the new assembly. “Internal frictions are beginning. They’re blaming each other for this huge defeat.”*



how did the opposition when control if he still has 4 more years?


These were midterm elections to the National Assembly. Here’s a new update from the Financial Times:



thanks for the link but I think you have to be a subscriber.


That’s odd, I don’t pay the FT anything but I have full access to their blogs and limited access to the newspaper content. I’ll have a look again.


I tried it again and it wouldn’t let me read it. drudge report sometimes links to FT and I have never been able to access it.

how is the government in Brazil?


The site has changed in some way and in fact I’m no longer getting access to as much of the FT content as I used to. I suppose I’d better stop linking to it. Sorry about that.

It’s hard to say in a few words. Not good, but not nearly as bad as Venezuela. Our current president, Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party, was reelected last year (by a narrow margin) to a second four-year term. But it’s possible that the current legal proceedings against other senior Workers Party politicians, on corruption charges, may lead to her being forced to resign, sometime next year.


so much corruption among politicians.


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