She stood accused of having signed Carmona’s decree before being granted amnesty earlier this year. He is a former Chávez ally who once tried to put her in jail but is now labeled as a traitor to Chávez.
She comes from one of Venezuela’s most traditional families, a graduate of Caracas’ poshest school. He is a former handyman for pharmaceutical company Farvenca, a Falcón boy who made it up the ranks of his union, went into politics under the wing of the socialist MAS party and was elected mayor of La Victoria and, later, Assembly member.
And here they are, both opposing Chávez. Yesterday she helped organize the primary in which his candidate won the right to run as sole opposition candidate for governor of Aragua, one of Venezuela’s most populous states.
So if these two can learn to put aside their differences and work together, can the rest of us ever learn to do the same?Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.