By Tamara Pearson- Venezuelanalysis.com, Aug 30th 2013
The PSUV recently announced its candidates for the December elections, overriding a primaries process of selection that had been underway when Chavez died. From under confidence and vulnerability, to a disorganised grassroots and a strong-ish opposition, VA examines what is behind such a move.
National Lawyers Guild (NLG) election monitors from the United States issued their report today, concluding that the 2013 Venezuelan presidential election process was fair, transparent, participatory, and well-organized.
By Ryan Mallett-Outtrim - Venezuelanalysis.com, Aug 23rd 2013
In the immediate aftermath of the 14 April presidential elections, opposition leader Henrique Capriles appeared to be heading a serious challenge to the new Maduro government. Now, less than six months later the opposition movement has lost much of the momentum it once enjoyed.
By Correo del Orinoco International, Aug 18th 2013
In the context of nationwide municipal elections scheduled for later this year, the Venezuelan opposition is showing growing signs of internal division and frustration over their outspoken and self-proclaimed “leader” Henrique Capriles.
Nicmer Evans, a political analysist, warns that government leadership is leading toward a possible increase in chavista abstention. He estimates that the government will win more mayoral positions but will continue losing strength in urban areas, in which the opposition will gain more strength and change the national political picture.
On April 2, the first day of Venezuela’s 2013 presidential campaign, Nicolás Maduro committed himself to “breaking with bureaucratism,” which he labeled “the mode of the petty bourgeoisie.” In its place Maduro (a former bus driver) pledged to create a “government of the streets” in which he would arrive to individual locations driving a bus along with cabinet members in order to listen to the people and design policies with them.
Venezuela activist Aram Aharonian argues that there are many signs that the government of Nicolas Maduro is stabilising and consolidating itself, despite what the corporate press are printing. However, he also points out some serious warning signs.
By Leopoldo Puchi – Sol de Margarita, Jun 25th 2013
In this short article, opposition political scientist Leopoldo Puchi argues that the Maduro government is consolidating itself, but also that the opposition won’t accept the situation of calm for long.
By Eleazar Diaz Rangel – Ultimas Noticias, Jun 21st 2013
Eleazar Diaz Rangel, an editor of Venezuela’s largest prívate newspaper, Ultimas Noticias, argues that President Nicolas Maduro, aware that he cannot replace or govern like Hugo Chavez, has sought to implement a more collective leadership of the Bolivarian process.
By Pablo Stefanoni – Viento Sur / Richard Fidler – Life on the Left, Jun 17th 2013
In the following essay, Pablo Stefanoni, an Argentine journalist, thoughtfully explores some of the distinctive features of the politics of the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
By Andrés Figueroa Cornejo, Modesto Emilio Guerrero, Jun 16th 2013
In this interview, Venezuelan journalist and author Modesto Gurrero discusses the significance of Colombia wanting to cooperate with NATO, the political role of Capriles, the fragility of the Maduro government, and the bureaucracy.