Venezuelans went to the polls Sunday to elect 23 new state governors. According to the polling, opposition candidates aligned with the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) stood to win 13 to 16 of those states. That didn’t happen.
In the midst of the country’s deep economic crisis, soaring crime rates, and constant protests and counterprotests, an opposition sweep would have been unsurprising. But late Sunday night, Venezuela’s election commission announced that the ruling Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) had achieved a stunning upset, capturing 17 governorships, with one governorship remaining contested.
President Nicolás Maduro quickly accepted the official results and declared victory, while opposition leaders alleged that the results were fraudulent.… Seguir leyendo »