More than 11 million Venezuelans voted today, electing 165 legislators to the national assembly and 12 to the Latin American Parliament, in 36,553 voting centres across the country. The PSUV won a majority of positions, but not the two thirds necessary for some decision making.
By Vanessa Davies - Correo del Orinoco, Mar 3rd 2011
The following translated interview with Reinaldo Iturriza López provides an insightful analysis of the causes of the PSUV’s diminished support in last September's National Assembly elections and some of the changes needed to reverse the trend.
By Sergio Ferrari, Eric Toussaint - Counter Punch, Nov 12th 2010
The recent attempted coup in Ecuador on September 30, 2010, and the election results in Venezuela four days earlier, are signals that call for rigorous interpretation, as Eric Toussaint is quick to point out.
By Alan Woods - In Defence of Marxism, Nov 1st 2010
The recent election results revealed both the strong and the weak points of the Bolivarian Revolution. It showed the loyalty and determination of the workers and peasants to defend the Revolution and defeat the counterrevolution. But how long can this loyalty be maintained unless the Revolution is carried through in a determined manner?
Following the recent elections, Saman argues that there are only two possible scenarios: a radicalisation of the revolution involving a profound change in the PSUV and struggling against bureaucracy, or a kind of reconciliation on the part of the revolution with the right wing, without any significant change.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s call for a renewed coalition of leftist political parties and social movements was praised on Monday by the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV). Chávez announced the rebirth of the Polo Patriótico, or Patriotic Pole, this past Sunday on his weekly television program Aló Presidente.
By Collin Laverty - Progreso Weekly, Oct 12th 2010
Venezuela held elections to elect 165 representatives to the National Assembly in what many analysts characterized as an important run-up to presidential elections in 2012. According to the results released by Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), President Hugo Chavez’s Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) took 97 seats, while the opposition coalition (MUD) won 65, and the independent, left-leaning PPT obtained 3 seats.
Marea Socialista, a militant current within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), analyses the National Assembly Election results, arguing that the bureaucracy within the government was a main cause of the “inadequate triumph”.
The September 26 National Assembly vote was a tactical reversal, which requires taking on profound corrective measures, with decisive moves (of a complementary character), in order to avoid a strategic defeat in the short term.
By Ramón Santiago and Les Blough - Axis of Logic, Oct 6th 2010
Ramón Santiago provides an excellent explanation of how democracy works in Venezuela and how individual and "list votes" work. A careful understanding of these details is especially important for dismantling the manipulation and false claims of the opposition.