Venezuela Regional Elections: Victory from Below
By Les Blough | Klibis Marín
Axis of Logic | Ultimas Noticias
Monday, Oct 16, 2017
won 18 of 23 states in Venezuela's gubernatorial elections today with
an impressive 61.14 percent of eligible voters participating. It was
another historic victory in spite of the brutal US war on the economy,
Washington-backed violence geared to the comprehensive and exhaustive
media assault over the last few years, all aimed at overthrowing the
government of President Nicolás Maduro. It hasn't worked - not with
After all that the Venezuelan people have suffered, deprived of
food and other essential products, violent attacks on their schools,
hospitals & medical clinics, destruction of other public buildings,
sabotage of their electrical grid, regular violent attacks by Colombian
paramilitaries, having their elected leaders maligned, lied about and
demonized, seeing their government resources diverted from production,
services and development to defense, living with distress and fear in
their daily lives and seeing their friends and loved ones maimed and
killed simply because of their political views - despite all the
suffering they have endured they supported their elected government
yesterday and sent the US-backed right wing packing.
Venezuelans are among the most politically educated and
geopolitically aware people in the world and they know from whence their
suffering comes and that it's not by the hands of the leaders they've
Malcolm X once stated, "No man gives up power willingly. It must be
taken from him." Well Malcolm, your words are almost universally true
but not so in the Bolivarian Revolution. With the new Constituent
Assembly that over 8 million Venezuelans voted for in July, President
Maduro brilliantly handed to the people true "power from below" and on
Sunday they rewarded him and his administration with this nationwide
When Barbara Walters interviewed our late President Hugo Chávez in
New York a few years ago, she asked him, "Why do the people love you
so?" Chávez answered, "It's really simple, it's because I love them.
Love is reciprocal." We saw that reciprocity today between the people
and President Maduro who received his training and mission from "El
But Venezuela not only rewarded their government of choice today.
They also gave yet another lesson on participatory democracy to the
world and demonstrated their resilience and the courage to stand up: to
the Lords of War, the hostile US Congress, the Pentagon and CIA, the US
Southern command, US installed enemies in neighboring Colombia hosting 7
US military bases and 13 other Latin American countries. For years on
end the Venezuelan people and their leadership continued to stand up to
the capitalist matrix including Wall Street, the Federal Reserve, the 3
Rating Agencies which arbitrarily downgrade Venezuela's credit rating
in the face of its solvency, the Central Banks across the US and Europe,
the European Union, NATO, Big Pharma, International Airlines and
exporters in lockstep with US foreign policy, layers of US sanctions,
OPEC traitors like Saudi Arabia and of course the masters of organized
deceit, the Corporate disinformation and entertainment industry, not to
mention their having to tolerate the tirades and threats from
Washington's idiot president, Donald Trump.
Vive Chávez! Vive Maduro! Vive El Pueblo!
- Les Blough in Venezuela
Axis of Logic
October 15, 2017 10:10 P.M.
Chavismo devastated and won 17* governorships
Klibis Marín - The president of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena,
reported on Sunday night the irreversible results of 22 states with the
transmission of 95.8 of the data.
Miguel Rodríguez (Psuv) with 59.95% of the votes.
Antonio Barreto Sira (AD) with 52.01% 343445
Ramón Carrizales (Psuv) with 51.92%
Rodolfo Marco Torres (Psuv) with 86.53%
Argenis Chávez (Psuv) with 52.88%
Rafael Lacava (Psuv) with 51.95%
Margot Godoy (Psuv) with 55.48%
Victor Clark (Psuv) 51.86%
José Vasquez (Psuv) with 61.68%
Carmen Meléndez (Psuv) with 57.65%
Ramón Guevara (AD) with 41.05%
Hector Rodríguez (Psuv) with 52.54%
Yelitce Sanatella (Psuv) 43.94%
Alfredo Díaz (MUD) with 51.81%
Rafael Calles (Psuv) with 64.24%
Edwin Rojas (Psuv) 59.89%
Laidy Gomez (AD) with 63.29%
Henry Rangel Silva (Psuv) with 59.9%
Julio León Heredia (Psuv) with 61.68%
Juan Pablo Guanipa (PJ) with 51.6%
Liseta Hernández (Psuv) with 58.78%
Jorge García Carneiro (Psuv) with 52.35%
"From this moment the regional boards are authorized to proceed to
the adjudication and proclamation of the winners," said the President of
the Electoral Power.
"The Venezuelan people gave a great lesson to the whole world of
what we are, worthy representatives of this country, exercising our
sovereignty in peace and democracy through voting, to all and all
congratulations," she said.
Source: Ultimas Noticias
*Update: In the final tally by the CNE today, Chavismo won 18 of 23 states.
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