Regional elections in Venezuela: opposition candidates proposed primaries to unify the anti-Chavista bloc

David Uzcátegui, a candidate for the governorship of Miranda state, is one of the candidates who proposed primaries in the opposition (@FuerzaVChacao)

Several opposition candidates of the Venezuelan party Neighborhood Force, including the candidate for the governorship of the central state of Miranda David Uzcátegui, they proposed this Wednesday a primaries to unify the anti-Chavistas for the local and regional elections on November 21.

“Our candidate from Fuerza Vecinal to the governorship of Miranda David Uzcátegui and our mayors and national leaders Gustavo Duque, Elías Sayegh and Darwin González proposed to hold primaries on Sunday, August 22”the party wrote on its Twitter account.

Duque is currently mayor of Chacao; Sayegh, from El Hatillo, and González, from Baruta, three of the five municipalities that make up the Caracas area.

The three promoted the creation of the Fuerza Vecinal party for the next elections, elections for which the various sectors of the opposition discuss whether they should be presented. The group led by interim president Juan Guaidó has been, so far, the one that has shown the most public reluctance to go to the polls.

In the message thread of Fuerza Vecinal, also They proposed that the residents decide “who will be the opposition candidate for the government of Miranda for the November 21 elections.”

“From Fuerza Vecinal we are committed to consolidating a unitary candidacy for Miranda. Only in unity can we generate the changes that all Venezuelans deserve ”, they concluded.

Interim President Juan Guaidó demands democratic guarantees to participate in the November elections (EFE / Carlos Ortega)
Interim President Juan Guaidó demands democratic guarantees to participate in the November elections (EFE / Carlos Ortega)

The antichavista Carlos Ocariz placeholder image, which is part of the Primero Justicia (PJ) party, like the two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, He also proposed to renew the opposition leadership for the next elections.

Ocariz, who was mayor of the Caracas municipality Sucre between 2008 and 2017, has also run for the government of Miranda and is very close to Capriles, who has been more likely to participate in elections.

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For its part, on August 8, Chavismo is planning an exhibition of muscle with primaries presented by its leaders as a letter to show strength. But nevertheless, Disputes have been opened that have clearly revealed internal fractures in recent days, and have given substance to rumors of division.

“We demand, very firmly, that those who aspire to popularly elected positions (…) their campaign be a Chavista campaign; that implies that there should be no offenses against the partner, there should be no attacks on the partner, there should be no indications that have an electoral nature of any kind “, warned the vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), God given hair.

The message, released days after the nomination of candidates last June, was completed by warning that “Whoever has tried to cheat” is not from the PSUV, but “from anything else.”

The warnings came after, after a day of open nomination, 100,975 names of militants who aspire to head the lists for the local and regional elections of November 21 were registered by the party founded by Hugo Chávez in 2007, while he was already president.

In the midst of the Chavista intern, Diosdado Cabello asked the candidates who respond to the regime for unity (EFE / Miguel Gutiérrez)
In the midst of the Chavista intern, Diosdado Cabello asked the candidates who respond to the regime for unity (EFE / Miguel Gutiérrez)

A show of strength that began to discover flaws from July 1, the date of the nominations, when videos began to circulate in various parts of the country of militants protesting not being able to participate in the day or alleged cases of manipulation of the registration certificates.

The doctor in Political Science and professor at the Simón Bolívar University Major Daniel explained to the agency EFE that the internal division in the PSUV exists from its very foundation between the “Guevaristas”, members of a sector linked to the “radical left”, and the “Boliburgueses”, a sector “more conciliatory with some elements of liberal market economies” .

“Perhaps today we see Guevarist outbreaks, but a good part of them are in a position of power, not only political, but also economic (…) There is a group that is a little more socialist and another a little radical-communist, but the reality today is that the great leaders of the party were made with a lot of political and economic power, “he explained.

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These leaders have “different visions, but they always act under the aegis of following the legacy of their commander Chávez.” All this, despite the fact that “personalism”, so characteristic of Venezuelan politics, “is making water in the PSUV.”

Compared to what is usual in Chavismo, in which disputes are resolved behind the scenes, two disputes between candidates have come to light and have multiplied thanks to the effect of social networks. The first of them has been in the central Carabobo state, historically the third most populated and one of the most industrialized, whose governor, Rafael LacavaHe is one of the most recognized faces of the Chavista regime, he has his own logo – a bat – and he aspires to re-election.

“How are you going to do, if the revolutionary people of Carabobo, if the brave people of Carabobo, the revolutionary and brave people are angry (angry) and upset because they are changing Chávez’s eyes for a bat?” former minister and veteran Chavista militant Jose Vielma Mora, also a pre-candidate in that state.

Rafael Lacava, governor of Carabobo state, together with the dictator Nicolás Maduro
Rafael Lacava, governor of Carabobo state, together with the dictator Nicolás Maduro

In another video posted on his networks, he visited a street in poor condition in the region, ruled by Chavismo since 2012, and assured that there lives “a people submerged in abandonment that begs to be cared for and NEVER BETRAYED AGAIN.”

For now, the candidate has not received any response from his opponent, in a struggle, so far with blows from one side, almost impossible in Chavismo.

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However, the most striking case has been lived in Barinas, the home state of Hugo Chávez, where his brother Argenis and a nephew with the same name are fighting for the regional candidacy. There, According to the militants themselves, supporters of Argenis -current governor- ended up beaten with those of the late president’s nephew in an altercation that spread like wildfire on the internet. An unprecedented case of Chávez against Chávez.

In Varnagy’s view, these disputes are based on the “political caudillismo, which is very installed” in the country, although he warned that the internal divisions in Chavismo have never been seen “in this way”.

In his opinion, the fractures within the PSUV and its visibility are more noticeable because society is “more tired, extremely impoverished and upset.”

“The failure of the system that emanates in one way or another from the PSUV cannot be hidden; in the same way, the differences that could exist before a primaries in that party, where distrust is not only internal, but of an entire country towards a party (…) and a leadership that continues to promise changes and transformations and the quality life has plummeted ”, he concluded.

With information from EFE

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