Publicado el 10-08-2012
but With a Smaller Percentage Than in 2006
In the midst of the serious political circumstances that Venezuela has been suffering for the last thirteen years, the presidential election of Sunday, October 7th, bears witness that its people, in spite of the political and economic control that Hugo Chávez has, voted in respectable numbers in favor of the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. Up to this moment, the votes for this candidate amount to six million, three hundred eighty-six, one hundred and fifty-five votes (6.386,155) and this figure should be considered as proof of the sympathy and respect enjoyed by candidate Capriles. Chávez had seven million, eight hundred and sixty, nine hundred and eighty-two votes (7.860,982) which represent 54.42%, while the votes for Capriles represented 44.97% of the total votes cast.
Taking into consideration the way in which Chávez has ruled with absolute control in the political and economic field, the number of votes obtained by Capriles is highly significant. It can be said that almost half of the country does not agree with the government. And this disagreement should be analyzed because it is not a question of small details, but of great motives that the people of Venezuela have to reject the policies of Hugo Chávez. This, undoubtedly, should be of concern for Chávez who has ruled at will for the last thirteen years and who in the election of December 3, 2006 had 62.87% of the vote. Concern for Chávez and satisfaction for Capriles.
The Venezuelans, in and outside their country, proved on this election of October 7th, great interest in the political destiny of the nation, letting Chávez know that there is an immense number of Venezuelans, almost half of the voters, that voting in favor Capriles, evidently are against – more than in disagreement – with the dictatorial regime.
It is timely to comment that, who knows why, perhaps out of justified fear, in Venezuela the term dictator is not used much when referring to Chávez who for the last thirteen years has ruled the country with the characteristics of a dictator, to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the time or circumstances.