After the Venezuelan right wing cried wolf claiming that Venezuela had become a socialist “dictatorship”, parliamentary elections have been held on time and without any irregularities across the country under the watch of international observers, and the people have spoken.
With 82% of the votes counted, President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist coalition won 67.3% of the vote in a landslide victory. In second place was “Democratic Alliance”, a centrist party opposed to Maduro who obtained 17.9% of the vote. In third place was “united Venezuela”, another party opposed to the Maduro presidency who received 4.1% of the vote. Finally, in fourth place came the Communist Party of Venezuela, which won 2.7% of the vote. Keep in mind that these numbers only constitute 82% of all cast votes, so although Maduro’s coalition has undoubtably won, the numbers for other parties are subject to change.
After the almost assured victory was announced President Maduro said “Venezuela has a new Assembly. This is a great victory for democracy and the country’s Constitution. Five years ago we recognized the opposition’s triumph, but today it was our turn to win,”.