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Chavez Loses Ground In Congressionals

Which paper do you read?

First from a disconsolate Reuters:

Venezuela opposition pegs back Chavez in parliament

By Frank Jack Daniel And Patricia Rondon
September 27, 2010

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won a majority in parliament but opponents took more than a third of the seats, threatening his ability to pass socialist reforms before seeking re-election in 2012.

Although it did not win a majority in the National Assembly elections on Sunday, the opposition Democratic Unity umbrella group claimed it won a slim majority of the popular vote which, if confirmed, would be a significant blow to Chavez in the 12th year of his rule.

"We are the majority!" sang opposition supporters after the results were announced in the early hours of Monday.

After years of defeats and missteps, they will now focus on trying to topple Chavez in 2012.

When you think about it, this news should give us hope in our country. 

Election authorities said Chavez’s ruling Socialist Party and allies won at least 93 seats in the 165-member Assembly.

Benefiting from discontent at a deep recession, soaring violent crime and electricity shortages in South America’s top oil exporter, Democratic Unity took at least 59 seats, with almost all the votes counted.

The government was always likely to get a higher percentage of seats than votes due to changes to electoral districts and voting rules that favored it

Unfortunately, this too sounds familiar.

Even so, this is how Mr. Chavez’s undying fans at the Associated Press saw the vote:

Chavez allies win congressional majority in vote

By Christopher Toothaker, Associated Press Writer
September 27, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez’s opponents blocked him from capturing an overwhelming majority in Venezuela’s congressional election, making gains that could challenge the firebrand leader’s iron grip on power

Chavez hailed it as a "solid victory" in an online posting on Twitter, but he fell short of his goal of keeping the two-thirds majority that has allowed his allies to push through controversial changes unopposed. Until now, pro-Chavez lawmakers have been able to rewrite laws unopposed and unilaterally appoint officials, including Supreme Court justices and members of the electoral council.

Once again, this sounds just like our country.

The initial count was announced eight hours after the final close of Sunday’s voting. The opposition had demanded electoral authorities release the results after an hours-long wait that put the country on edge…

During the campaign, Chavez had portrayed the vote as a choice between his "Bolivarian Revolution" and opposition politicians he accuses of serving the interests of the wealthy and his adversaries in the U.S. government.

Is David Axelrod writing for his teleprompter, too?

Chavez’s party mounted an aggressive get-out-the-vote campaign. In Caracas, voters were awakened before dawn Sunday by fireworks and recorded bugles blaring reveille from speakers

That’s still more subtle than what Mr. Obama and the Democrats are doing with their race baiting and class warfare.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Chavez Loses Ground In Congressionals”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    This should give us hope? Perhaps, but watch for Chavez’s reaction to opposition. That may be a harbinger of things to come here as well.

  2. Chavez would have done better but for the “premature” (perhaps he should have waited for his protege’ to hold HIS election) news out of Castro’s mouth recently..

  3. eaglewingz08 says:

    We know that Chavez lost these elections and his party did not gain a majority, just like he lost the last major referendum, bigtime, but fixed the numbers to make it appear to be only a slight loss. Chavez, had the numbers for the Congressional elections on his computers before the election, but he couldn’t claim an outright 2/3 victory because that would have caused a counter revolution in the country. So he sticks with a fraudulent slight majority win so he can claim continued support for his inhuman ‘progressive’ policies.

  4. proreason says:

    Looks like Hugo will have to come to Washington to get some advice from a more successful Community Organizer.

    Elections are so so passe nowadays. It’s amazing Hugo pays any attention to them at all.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    Maybe Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Bill Mahr and the rest of the Socialist clan hiding out in the United States and enjoying the easy life of what a “greenback” provides should head on down there and support this communist!

  6. Coco Q. Rico says:

    Chavez is such an insatiable buffoon at this point.

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