Venezuelan elections: chavismo still in power, US still belligerent, media still dishonest
by Ricardo Vaz from InvestigAction
1 June, 2018
In a climate of dire economic war/crisis and foreign aggression, Venezuelans took to the polls to elect their president and regional legislative councils. Chavismo won big in both contests, with president Maduro securing a second term until 2025. The international reaction from the US and its allies was already pre-scripted, and the dishonest coverage from the mainstream media was also to be expected. We take a look at the election, how the electoral system works, these reactions, and also share some observations after witnessing events on the ground.
THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM
RIDICULOUS CLAIMS OF FRAUD AND IRREGULARITIES
The feeling I get from talking to my counterparts is that they see no alternative to economic pressure – and it’s very sad because obviously the downside of sanctions is that they can affect the population that you don’t want to suffer.”