Articles by: Gabriel Hetland
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will likely win Sunday’s elections—not due to fraud, but because of the opposition’s call for a boycott and continued support in Venezuela for the Chavista government.
Opposition violence and the government’s increasing authoritarianism are both to blame.
To stay in office, the Venezuelan government must address its major weaknesses.
Bernie Sanders is wrong - Hugo Chávez was not a dictator
Contrary to mainstream media portrayals, Latin America remains wary of the U.S. government despite recent progress on Cuba policy.
Regional elections do not usually attract international media headlines. But Sunday’s gubernatorial race in Venezuela was not a typical regional election. This was the first time since Chávez came to power in 1999 in which he was unable to actively campaign in an election.
On December 8, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez announced that his cancer has returned. Unlike past announcements, this time around Chávez publicly acknowledged that his odds of survival may not be great. Chávez took the astonishing, and quite unprecedented, step of naming a successor, foreign secretary Nicolas Maduro.
Chávez holding Venezuela's 1999 constitution. (ABr, CC)
How should the narrow defeat of the referendum to amend Venezuela’s 1999 constitution be interpreted? Does the fact that 50.7% of voters rejected the omnibus package of 69 proposed constitutional amendments indicate that Venezuelans as a whole are tired of Chávez and wary of going any further along the path towards “socialism of the twenty-first century”?