[News] Venezuelan Opposition Sweeps Parliamentary Elections

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  Venezuelan Opposition Sweeps Parliamentary Elections

By Rachael Boothroyd Rojas
*http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11753*

Caracas, December 7th 2015, (venezuelanalysis.com 
<http://venezuelanalysis.com>) Venezuela’s National Electoral Council 
(CNE) has released the preliminary but “irreversible” results of the 
country’s National Assembly elections.

In the early hours of this Monday morning, Tibisay Lucena, the President 
of the CNE, congratulated the Venezuelan people on its impressive 
“demonstration of civility” before announcing that the Venezuelan 
opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), had 
swept to victory in the Venezuelan legislative elections.

According to Lucena, the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela 
(PSUV) has so far gained just 46 seats in parliament while their 
political opponents, the MUD, have gained 99 out of a total of 167 - 
according to the most recent count. Twenty-two seats are yet to be 
announced, including three representatives for the country’s indigenous 
population.

Tibisay also highlighted the unprecedented levels of political 
participation and revealed that turnout had reached 74.25% of the 
registered electorate.

The announcement came on the heels of intense voting throughout 
Venezuela, with many voting centres remaining open following their 
programmed 6pm closing time in order to attend to voters queuing outside.

The victory hands the MUD a “simple majority” in the National Assembly, 
but this could change to a “qualified majority” depending on the outcome 
of the remaining twenty-two seats.

If the MUD goes on to win 100 seats it will be able to remove ministers 
from the presidential cabinet. If it manages to gain more than 111 
seats, the coalition would wield enough power in the legislative body to 
dismiss Supreme Court Judges, reform the Constitution and convoke a 
recall referendum of the national executive without having collected the 
minimum quota of signatures required by the Bolivarian Constitution.

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and leader of the 
PSUV, Nicolas Maduro, moved to accept the results - the most 
debilitating defeat for the ruling Chavista government since it came to 
power in 1999 - immediately on national television.

“It’s not a time to cry, it’s a time to fight,” stated Maduro.

“The struggle for socialism is just beginning-we are experts in starting 
over, we came from the streets, we are the people of difficulties,” he 
added.

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