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Chavez in 2012


Chavez: the people's choice.

by Stephen Lendman

After 12 years in office, Chavez remains overwhelmingly favored for reelection in October. Given the alternative, most Venezuelans have a clear choice.

Poll numbers predict a sweep. IVAD has United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) Chavez leading the opposition umbrella group Democratic Unity Table's (MUD) Henrique Capriles Radonski by a 57.6% to 26.6% margin.

Venezuela's 21st Century Group of Social Investigation, a progressive think tank, predicts a similar result.

MUD officials supported the aborted 2002 two-day coup. Closely linked to Washington, democracy's abhorred. It won't be tolerated under a regime they control. Nor will Bolivarian populism.

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The Washington Post called Capriles "a charismatic campaigner with a loyal following." It said he promises to "rebuild democratic institutions." Maybe April 2002 is his template. 

The New York Times said he's "the fresh-faced governor of Miranda, one of the country's most populous states, which includes" much of Caracas. 

Ignoring his fascist agenda, The Times also claimed he's "a political moderate." It suggested a "bruising and tight election campaign." It quoted him saying Chavez "believes he is God. He thinks he can't lose, and that's very good for us."

Primary results showed he won handily by 33 percentage points over Zulia state governor Pablo Perez.

Calling himself a social democrat, the Economist said he takes "a gradualist approach to restoring confiscated property, undoing currency controls and abolishing unconstitutional laws."

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In 2002, he was Baruta mayor. He defended the coup. He joined fascist gangs attacking the Cuban embassy. It's was located in his former district. He violated international and Venezuelan law helping seize power. He never faced charges. How he wants to be president. Imagine law, order, and justice if he's elected.

He and other MUD officials represent wealth and power. Venezuelans want populism. Under Chavez, they've gotten it since 1999. They're not likely to give it back.

On March 30, Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) made it official. It set October 7 for the presidential election. On December 16, regional ones for state governors will follow.

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