REGIONAL: President Maduro Calls for Radical Turn in “Revolution” Movement
Venezuela’s President, H.E Nicolas Maduro warned Wednesday 09th December of “great conflict” in the recession mired country if his socialists do not overcome the setback of losing control of the legislature to the opposition.
The 53-year-old vowed a radical turn in the “revolution” movement that brought to power his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.
Maduro told a crowd of hundreds of supporters that either they get out of this jam by means of the revolution or Venezuela is going to enter a great conflict that will affect the whole Latin American and Caribbean region.
On Sunday 06th December, 2015, Venezuela’s Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) won 99 of the 167 seats while the United Socialist Party (PSUV) led by President Nicolas Maduro took 46 seats. Another 22 are still to be declared; an overwhelming victory for the MUD in Venezuela’s legislative election, giving it control of the National Assembly for the first time in 16 years.
Sunday’s election result was seen as a punishment vote for Maduro’s economic management.
Voter participation in Sunday’s election was high, with 74.3 per cent of eligible voters going out to cast their ballots – a suggestion that a large portion of the population wanted change, observers say.