When Every Election Takes You Closer To Dictatorship…

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My latest piece for the What’s Next Venezuela? Blog comments on this deep anomaly.

Chavismo understands that, to be viable, it needs both to hold periodic elections and to nullify them. These days, for chavismo, staying in power is an exercise precariously premised on both letting people vote and ensuring those votes have as little bearing as possible on the way the country is actually governed.

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