Chavismo won the parliamentary elections last Sunday in Venezuela without surprises, marked by high abstention and the call for a boycott of the opposition sector that supports the leader Juan Guaidó, and strengthened its power, although it also lost credibility, both in the face of the international community as well as between the left of the country with which it once formed an alliance.
The National Electoral Council (CNE), an entity that Venezuelan opponents accuse of alleged partiality with the Government of Nicolás Maduro, announced that Chavismo obtained 67.6% of the votes cast, about 3,558,320.
However, the campaign manager of the alliance of left-wing parties and elected deputy, Jorge Rodríguez, said that “the forces of the Great Patriotic Simón Bolívar Pole (GPP) obtained 72% of the total votes.”
The Democratic Alternative coalition, which groups together opposition parties that went to the elections after the Supreme Court of Justice appointed them new boards of directors, won 944,665 votes, 17.95% of those counted so far.
The official participation figure was 31%.
“We have had a tremendous electoral victory,” said President Nicolás Maduro after the first report, although the exact number of seats won by the GPP, the party platform that supports him, is not yet known.
The electoral results also establish that figures of the ruling party, such as Diosdado Cabello, the first lady Cilia Flores, María León, the television presenter Mario Silva and the former president of Parliament Jesús Soto achieved a position in the Chamber.
With this panorama, Chavismo retakes control of the Legislative Power, the body that served the opponents to launch their offensive against the Maduro Administration.
The victory adds the Parliament to the power that Chavismo maintains in Venezuela: it controls 19 of the 23 governorates, commands 305 of the 335 mayors, it has 227 of the 251 deputies of the regional legislative assemblies.
In addition, almost 9 out of 10 councilors, who deliberate in municipal parliaments, respond to the directives of Chavismo.
But as it gains more power, Chavismo loses more internal and external legitimacy, something that has been happening since 2017 when the National Constituent Assembly was installed, an entity that the opposition and part of the international community do not recognize.
The Colombian Government reiterated that it will not recognize the results of the elections, which it considers “fraudulent” and promoted by an “illegitimate regime.”
Yesterday more than fifteen American countries signed a declaration denouncing the lack of legality and legitimacy of the legislative elections. The signatories are Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia.
The document calls on the international community to “join in the rejection of these fraudulent elections and support the efforts to restore democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Venezuela.”
In the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked his allies to continue to recognize Guaidó as interim president after the “farce” this Sunday.
In addition, the European Union yesterday certified its rejection of the result of the elections and the high representative of Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, announced that he has his sights set on what happens on January 5, when the mandate of the new National Assembly begins , which Brussels will not recognize.