The Venezuelan Election Debate

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If the prospect of the after effects of Article 50 are still ringing in your ears (not to mention the baton being passed on to the next generation of elected democratic winners and new political politicians), you might want to spare a thought for the nation of Venezuela, which has recently elected Nicolas Maduro for a second six-year term.

Overall, the result has prompted much reaction and split – not just in the country itself, but around the world – with the EU, UN and USA all against it.

Interestingly, countries like Russia, Iran, Syria and North Korea are all in unison with what some have deemed a fair and reasonable result in Venezuela, which comes across to some as an ideal of dictatorship over democratic need.

Maduro’s own political beliefs stem from his background as a former trade unionist and subsequently his employment under Hugo Chavez, where he served in a variety of capacities, thus making him – seemingly by default – the most suitable candidate to lead the next generation of politicians, whilst the rest of the world clearly remains divided by his policies on government and rule in the South American country.

A recent online report from Telesur, the state-funded television network, does reveal an openness from the populace for peace talks to resume between elected and opposing parties. There is a sense that despite the reluctance of some in Venezuela to accept Maduro’s seemingly convenient recall as President, they want results and practicalities to overshadow the conflicts that are causing much concern.

One thing that has emerged is the reality of Venezuelan connections to China, which has pumped billions into the fragile economy. Mercosur, the South American trade bloc, suspended Venezuela in December 2016 from trade-bloc negotiations, something which can be seen as a rarity given the closeness of seemingly unified South American countries like Brazil and Argentina. However, China is clearly resolute in stemming the supply of financial needs to Maduro’s administration.

Although Maduro does indeed seem to possess control and power, the overall election process has, at least, revealed a good degree of hope and honesty from voters. Most Venezualan’s wanted to see, as most outsiders do, a clear and democratic election and a fair and formal result that takes the country, whichever form this might be in, into a new dawn and direction for its own benefit.

This is not an easy discussion or argument and it does provide much curiosity and fascination to those who are mere observers of the political arena. Venezuela does have much to offer the world if given a chance, but the feeling is that the one chance it will get will be Maduro’s and nobody else’s.

Global Seven News

John Higgins

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