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.
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.