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TalCual: Venezuelan Opposition Must Stick with the MUD
The MUD has been a successful alliance so far. If we take stock of the goals accomplished, we jump to the conclusion is all has been favorable. There are more positive things than negative ones. There are many more rights than wrongs. The MUD has put a brake on, in large measure, the authoritarian pretensions of the chavo-madurismo regime.

By TalCual

The Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) has been a successful alliance so far. If we take stock of the goals accomplished, we jump to the conclusion is all has been favorable.

There are more positive things than negative ones. There are many more rights than wrongs. The MUD has put a brake on, in large measure, the authoritarian pretensions of the chavo-madurismo regime.

Parties of different political beliefs and currents of thinking cohabitate under its wing.

For certain, there must be some people not feeling comfortable with all the others sharing that table, but necessity obliges them to put aside their differences for some other time since they are facing an autocratic, authoritarian and militarist political project that intends to destroy Venezuelan democracy.

There are many from the opposition side who won’t hesitate to attack the problem. We believe it is necessary and sound to criticize the actions from the opposition that are considered relevant.

It seems convenient to us that its members study the possibility to accommodate more organizations in the MUD, or that they discuss about or decide if, as it has been publicly suggested, promote other kind of alliances in order to coordinate the existing social protest in the country.

Some raise questions over these alliances because, apparently, tend to be too passive and tolerate all outrages from the Government.

These people (the Government) promote violent solutions and say they are always right. They raise questions over the “electoralism” from the members of the MUD as if it had not ratified time and again its strategy is one that is pacific, democratic and through elections, and on that terrain is where they are going defeat once and for all this backward project of a country that represents the chavismo regime in any of its versions.

It is for certain that the MUD should not be only an electoral alliance, but from today until December 8 the main goal is that of participating and winning the elections.

To that end, the MUD organized a primary election in February of 2012 in which citizens chose the candidates representing the party.

There were, just as in any electoral battle, winners and losers and the latter, in most of the cases, democratically accepted the decision of the voters.

At the time, the MUD addressed and responded to claims from some of the candidates not elected. Many of them, with the excuse of having been victims of an electoral ambush, are now running off as candidates outside the democratic alliance.

Such decision only encourages the possibilities of victory from the Government. Those who are running off on their own are somehow supporting the authoritarian project they say are against.

Recently, there were rumors on an alleged call for a national strike. No one knows were the rumor came from for sure. It cannot be ruled out it did from the Government.

This kind of approach is totally out of place. All energies must be entirely focused on the municipal elections this December 8 in light of the latest abuse of decreeing that very same day one of loyalty to Hugo Chávez.

Those who still have doubts, those skeptical, those who never go to vote, must be convinced to do so. Voting is the best choice for victory is close at hand and there is no way to lose.

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