In Sunday’s ballot, about 42% of eligible voters voted, and the Venezuelan opposition lost disastrously.
Venezuela’s political opposition must rebuild and reflect on its strategy after a severe failure Weekend elections, Leader Juan Guaido said, calling for unity between the leadership of the fragmented movement.
The opposition broke the election boycott of nearly four years and participated in Sunday’s mayor and governor’s vote, but it failed to nominate a single candidate against the United Socialist Party (PSUV) governed by President Nicolas Maduro Paid the price.
According to the latest election results released by the National Election Commission (CNE) on Monday, opposition candidates won only three out of 23 states, while Maduro’s allies won 18 governorships.
Maduro’s ruling party and its allies are in a good position to occupy the last two states, and a PSUV candidate is also serving as the mayor’s office in the capital of Caracas. On Sunday, the president welcomed the result of the vote, saying it was an “impressive” victory that “must be celebrated.”
This is the first time for the opposition in the past four years controversial Regional polls are partly due to the presence of observers from the European Union (EU).
The election authorities said on Monday that 42.2% of the 21 million registered voters in the South American country voted on Sunday, but the final official results have not yet been announced.
Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reported in Caracas that the low turnout rate did not help the opposition.
“They expected field control to help them achieve their goals. However, things did not go according to plan,” Bo reported. “The biggest problem facing the opposition here is that about 60% of the population did not vote… and there are huge differences within the opposition.”
Analysts said before the vote that the opposition’s late participation in the decision and the infighting of candidates to run would hurt their performance.
Guaido, a former congressional spokesperson recognized by the United States and its allies as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, said on Monday that after disappointing results, the opposition needs to “rebuild itself.”
“Today, a new phase has begun,” he said, but did not provide specific details. “Today is the time for our leadership to reflect… this is not the time for political leaders to quarrel or be arrogant.”
Guaidó also said that what happened on Sunday highlighted that if the opposition is to challenge the ruling party or Maduro in the 2024 presidential election, it “clearly needs unification”.
Earlier on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken accused the Maduro government of holding defective elections and “distorted the procedure” to predetermine the outcome in favor of his party on the grounds of harassment and prohibition of opposition candidates and manipulation. Voter roster and censorship system.
The preliminary report of the EU election observers will be released on Tuesday, but there are no major reports of interference.
At the same time, Maduro said on Sunday that he will not resume negotiations with the Venezuelan opposition in Mexico until the famous government envoy is “kidnapped.” Alex Sabo -Recently extradited to the United States for money laundering crimes-a response has been received.
talksIt started in August and aims to find a way out of Venezuela’s economic and social crisis.
Guaidó said he is cautiously optimistic that the government will return to the negotiating table, and he is discussing with international allies how to increase the pressure on the Maduro government.