From the Editors of VenEconomy
An intense, but short, electoral campaign to choose the candidates who will lead Venezuela during the next 6-year term wound down on Thursday. The two main contenders: Nicolás Maduro (who late President Hugo Chávez gave his blessing to) and Henrique Capriles Radonski (who’s got more than 6.5 million votes on October 7 of 2012).
The pledges from each one of them are very clear:
Maduro pledged to deepen and consolidate the supremacy of the Bolivarian revolution. This translates into more inflation and a drought in international reserves; an increase in the nation’s debt; a growing misery, ignorance and indoctrination of the youth; a perpetuation of insecurity and violence; the extension of exclusion and division among Venezuelans and persecution for either political reasons or dissension of the economic model. It would also mean to hand over the national sovereignty to the Cuba of the Castros and the misappropriation of oil and mineral resources to hand them over to other partner governments following an obsolete communist project.
On his part, Capriles Radonski is offering Venezuelans to truly turn things around in the country. He committed to restore personal and private property rights as well as the freedom of expression; he backed the inclusion of all Venezuelans; he offered to rebuild a true independence and sovereignty in Venezuela and to fight corruption. He is steadfast in his purpose of calling off all the “giveaways” in energetic and money matters to allied countries with a communist ideology. His promise is one of vitality, progress, education, security and development for the nation.
However, things won’t be easy for Capriles Radonski.
For starters, there is the challenge ahead of sorting out all the barriers at the National Electoral Council (CNE), seized by the left wing and protected by an electoral system tailor-made to the goals of communists currently ruling the country. By the way, one of the most urgent reforming tasks that Capriles Radonski has to carry out so in upcoming elections authorities can fulfill their duties properly must be that of equality, transparence and independence at an election process.
A government by Capriles Radonski would also stave off the economic crisis inherited by Chávez, as much as those obsequious governmental institutions to a political project. The good news is that Capriles Radonski is proving courageous to adopt the proper corrective measures and has the leadership to convince Venezuelans that these will guarantee a better future to all of us.
Now it’s up to all of us Venezuelans to go voting and make it count!VenEconomy has been a leading provider of consultancy on financial, political and economic data in Venezuela since 1982.
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