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Chavistas “will not surrender the revolution”, even in defeat in December's elections, warned Maduro

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 10:12 UTC
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Maduro said he would accept the results of the election, whatever the outcome, but he’s not willing to “surrender the revolution.” Maduro said he would accept the results of the election, whatever the outcome, but he’s not willing to “surrender the revolution.”
Chavistas “will not surrender the revolution”, even in defeat in December's elections, warned Maduro Chavistas “will not surrender the revolution”, even in defeat in December's elections, warned Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned that he wouldn’t let a defeat in December congressional elections derail his government even as his socialist party faces the possibility of losing control of the national assembly for the first time in 16 years.

 While the embattled leader said he would accept the results of the election, whatever the outcome, even in a “negated hypothetical scenario” he’s not willing to “surrender the revolution.”

“I would govern with the people, always with the people and the civil-military union,” Maduro said late Thursday on state television, in response to a question on how he would govern in the event the opposition takes control of congress. “In such a scenario, Venezuela would enter one of the most turbulent and poignant stages of its political life.”

Triple-digit inflation, the worst economic contraction in the world this year and record shortages of food and medicine are undercutting support for both Maduro and his party. Candidates for Venezuela’s opposition alliance and independents are expected to get 66.3% of votes in the December election, according to September poll by Caracas-based Venezuelan Institute of Data Analysis, known as IVAD.

Furthermore, Maduro in July signaled that he won’t allow international observers to monitor the election. Brazil’s electoral court TSE said earlier this month that it wouldn’t join a Unasur mission to observe the election citing delays in an accord with Venezuela’s electoral body.

“The revolution will not be surrendered ever,” Maduro said. “With the constitution in hand, we will push Venezuela’s independence forward, whatever the costs, in any way.

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  • Demantoid Garnet

    This is going to go oh so bad... Get your crystal ball out now. Demonstrations, counter-demonstrations, violence, international condemnation of the election process, and the validity of the “results”.

    More arrests, additional emergency decrees and further suspension of constitutional rights. Expanded military and para-military roles in controlling the citizens. Could someone “take out Maduro” and seize power? Who knows...

    It will be difficult for several of the latin american countries to continue showing support for Maduro. The news from Venezuela will be so bad, they'll have to “call for dialog” and “support the democratic process”, etc. Maybe even offer some relief in the form of food, medicines, supplies, etc.

    These nations realize that their below market petroleum supply could well be cut off too. That's not good, but at least the market price isn't US $100 a barrel now.

    What will be REALLY dangerous, on an international scale, is the behaviors of Cuba, China, and to a lesser extent, Russia. They all have strong interest in maintaining (or increasing, in respect to Russia) their influence in the country / region. Will anyone intervene?

    Of course, the people who really suffer are the citizens of Venezuela. No change there... but it appears things will have to get much worse before they get better.

    For now, we'll have to just watch.

    Best wishes to all.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 10:57 am 0
  • ChrisR

    Never underestimate the power of 'the little bird' that tells MADuro what Chubby is saying from his place in hell.

    You know it makes sense! Well it does to lunatics like the crooks who are controlling Venezuela.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 11:17 am 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    This gets better everyday. The K's fall in Argentina...and the fireworks are getting stoked in Venezuela.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 12:18 pm 0
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