Congratulations to Maduro

Congratulations to Nicolas Maduro, the new Venezuelan President, who won the presidential elections over his rival Henrique Capriles. Maduro, a bus driver and trade union leader, rose through the ranks and was nominated by the late Hugo Chavez as his successor to carry on his self-styled socialist revolution.

In his victory speech Maduro told Venezuelans his victory was further proof that Chavez “continues to be invincible”.

During the election the US was questioning the outcome. The US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson told a Spanish newspaper that “it will be a little difficult” for the Venezuelan elections to be “clean and transparent”. She also indicated that “Capriles could be a very good president”

These comments angered Venezuelans and were rejected by Katiuska Correa-Guia, a lawyer and supporter of the Venezuelan socialist government, who stated that “we still don’t know who really won the US presidential vote in 2008 because of problems with the counting in Florida”

Maduro will have a hard time trying to govern the country as there is a fear of an attempted coup or violence from the opposition. La lucha sigue.

— Ahmad Bhamjee

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