Wednesday, December 8

The only three states that the Venezuelan opposition wins will be in the hands of the old guard


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Nicolás Maduro and his officialdom party United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) have swept the regional elections, winning 20 of the 23 governorships that were at stake and the mayoralty of Caracas, the seat of the country’s central power.

Cojedes, Zulia and Nueva Esparta (Insular region) were the only states that fell into the hands of the unbridled opposition, which could not agree on whether or not it should participate in the elections, which led to abstention reaching almost 60%. Six out of ten Venezuelans decided to stay home in the face of confused and disorganized messages from opposition political leaders that did encourage voting.

According to some electoral experts, the three opposition candidates who conquered their states did so because people preferred to vote for older politicians, more or less known for their participation in previous administrations, and because by appealing to the memory of the “old Venezuela” they woke up more trust in voters.

Others suggest that they are political leaders who do not bother Chavismo and that they can live with the regime.

Morel Rodriguez A., 81 years old, the new governor of Nueva Esparta, candidate of the Democratic Alliance and Neighborhood Force obtained 42.56% of the votes. The MUD nominated Alfredo Díaz for reelection and he finished third. He was governor appointed by former President Lusinchi in 1987. “We won Nueva Esparta! Today we fulfill an objective, a goal that we set ourselves 2 years ago when we saw the clamor of my brothers and sisters throughout this extraordinary state, “said Rodríguez on his Twitter account.

Alberto Galindez, 66 years old, ruled in Cojedes from 1995 to 2000. Now, after 21 years, he returns to the political arena once again, conquering the Cojedes state governorship with 48.52% of the votes and takes him more than 10 points ahead to the Chavista Nosliw Rodríguez, candidate of the PSUV.

Manuel Rosales placeholder image, 68, is perhaps the best known of the three since he was a presidential candidate against Hugo Chávez in 2006. Twice mayor of Maracaibo and two times governor of the state of Zulia. Get to win with 56.90% of the votes.

Rosales fled to Peru in 2009 where he requested political asylum after being indicted in Venezuela for illicit enrichment during his campaign for the governor of Zulia. After more than six years in exile, he returns to the country and is detained by Maduro’s political police, Sebin. His release is part of one of the conditions of the opposition in one of the dialogue tables he held with the government, and which had the Vatican as the main companion. In 2017, the Supreme Court lifted his political disqualification allowing his candidacy for the elections.

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