Caracas, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) Chavismo forces in Venezuela have paved the way to the 2018 presidential elections with a resounding victory in the municipal elections held Sunday to elect 335 mayors and the governor of the State of Zulia.
A record attendance at polls of 9,139,564 (about 47.32 percent of summoned voters) made clear the Venezuelans’ willingness to decide the fate of the country, despite the refusal of opposition sectors to participate in this elections.
President Nicolas Maduro had already said that this path will not stop with the presidential elections, but also with the referendum for the approval of a new constitutional text that will emerge with the National Constituent Assembly, which expects to complete its duties in 2019.
Despite the threats and insurrectional violence promoted by opposition sectors, Chavismo turned the page and entered a new time of victory, President Maduro said on Sunday, which was evidenced in the result.
In the victory of the left-wing forces, led by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), he also highlighted the success achieved in the election of the governor of Zulia, leading state of the so-called Media Luna, where the people elected Omar Prieto to guide their fates.
The election of socialist leader Erika Farias as Mayor of Libertador municipality, where the main powers of the State live, was also substantive, without discounting that the opposition won in San Cristobal municipality, state of Tachira, with Gustavo Delgado, and ratified its strength after winning the governorship there in the last regional elections.
In short, Chavismo won in 21 state capital municipalities and in Libertador municipality, Capital District, against two of the opposition: Libertador Municipality in Merida with the movement Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) and San Cristobal, Tachira, with the Independent Electoral Political Organization Committee (COPEI) party.