Yesterday, the four elected governors from Henry Ramos Allup’s Acción Democrática (AD) did exactly what they said they wouldn’t do, when they swore their oaths of office before the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). The one that Henry Ramos Allup, along with every other opposition leader, repeatedly dismissed as illegitimate and unconstitutional.

The law states that the elected governors have to be sworn in by their respective regional legislative councils, while the ANC had stated that they would swear in the elected governors themselves.

Let me recap this for you:

First, the opposition said that regional elections were a trap to validate the ANC; then they said that signing up for elections wasn’t the same as running; then they said that running didn’t mean swearing in front of the ANC.

But at least Juan Pablo Guanipa, the Primero Justicia (PJ) governor-elect in Zulia, didn’t cave in.

He was then received as a hero when he returned to Maracaibo.

Political leaders like Freddy Guevara, Liborio Guarulla, Omar Barboza, Julio Borges, Henrique Capriles Radonski and Miguel Pizarro, celebrated Guanipa’s decision.

And PJ’s statement supports Guanipa’s “personal decision,” adding that “when we’re talking about our homeland, pragmatism and convenience are not real options.”

Now, you know what I don’t understand? If the oppo candidates ran for these elections under the premise of not recognizing the “powers” of ANC, why did it become a personal option later? Henry Ramos claimed many times that elected governors don’t have to swear in to the ANC, but Hank, former friend of mine and of the whole country, do you really expect us to believe that something happens in AD without your knowledge and approval?

According to Juan Pablo Guanipa, Ramos Allup even tried to convince him to swear in to the ANC. That’s pretty twisted, if you ask me. I really want to quote Game of Thrones and yell “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

As for AD’s four elected governors, Ramón Guevara, from Mérida, didn’t have much to say.

Alfredo Javier Díaz, governor of Nueva Esparta, retweeted what has become a reptilian excuse (“el pueblo” sworn him in).

Alberto Barrera Sira, elected governor of Anzoátegui, tweeted:

And… Laidy Gómez, elected governor of Táchira, tweeted a letter from the president of the regional legislative council, claiming she had to be sworn in by the ANC. Later, she added:

Twitterzuela had, of course, a long litany of adjectives for the foursome, being “traitor” the most popular.

María Corina Machado sees the show as nauseating, and she’s not alone.

In a press release, Voluntad Popular claims to have asked Henry Ramos Allup to publicly distance AD from the despicable act, and expel the elected governors from the organization. El Nacional then reported that AD agreed, though Capriles Radonski claims it’s a sham.

In case you’re wondering what the fuss is about, it’s close to impossible to claim the illegitimacy of the ANC, abroad and domestically, if you dance to the tune it plays. If you go about saying that “elected governors should swear in because it’s the will of the voters,” you mock yourself and the people who supported you, assuming you had a backbone and you would reject the ANC.

Guys: you weren’t elected because of your grandiose personal charisma. You were elected because your brand of comandante eterno left us with no choice, deciding to run in the elections, even suggesting to brand everyone who abstained, so “we would know who the traitors are.”

The saddest part? Mere hours after the travesty, Maduro named “protectors” (parallel governors) for each of the four opposition states. Yes, they deserve to feel as stupid as we feel betrayed.

Truth be told, you all had it coming.

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49 COMMENTS

  1. Boy, the regime is playing us all like a fiddle. This, perhaps, summarizes my argument: ” “Votar” en “elecciones” convocadas por la ANC y organizadas por CNE ratificado por ANC es lo mismo que juramentarse ante ANC. Dejen el show.” Juan Carlos Soza Azpurua

    The minute MUD agreed to participate in these elections under the rules of the regime, they lost credibility. And the minute the MUD asked everyone to vote, but did not do due dilligence in safeguarding the vote, it effecrively mocked the voters.

    So, now we are throwing a fit cause…why?

    Please, stop the world. I wanna get off.

    • You know why this is all happening? Why we’re getting a chance to re-think our opposition movement to make it more effective? Because there were elections

      What would have happened if we had not gone to elections? In a parallel universe the MUD would have spended 3 months pendejeando, not knowing what to do after the ANC vote.

      Going to elections was HRA’s rash, imprudent move. Those in the MUD that followed him should have stood up against him, that would have shown true leadership.

      But it was also something that had to happen. Now we can rebuild a frente opositor

      • IIRC, Anabella wanted to vote, but couldn’t, and worried that she’d be called an abstentionist, something akin to a lower life form from what I’ve gathered here.

        Now she’s whining because the MUD candidates hand-selected to “win” by Mirafores to demonstrate the regime’s free and fair elections claim, stand before the ANC to be sworn in. Kinda anticlimatic, no? Or to put it another way, sort of like pissing on the ashes.

        BTW, I read neither Brietbart nor Fox News, but thanks for revealing your true colors. I’m shocked, shocked I tell ya.

      • Hey burro, is that REALLY a comparison you want to make?

        I am no fan of Breitbart since it went full Trump partisan- and as someone who supported him in the General- and find Fox is massively overblown.

        But you know what? Of all of their issues I can’t think of a SINGLE case where they mistook the Chavista dictatorship and the recent “elections” as anything but what they were.

        That’s something. And it’s not something plenty of CC like Quico can claim.

        Here’s a concept: maybe if you spent half the contempt you have for American conservatives applying it to the opposition’s useful idjiots and the regime’s foreign apologists, maybe things could get better?

      • Juan Carlos:

        The problems you have in Venezuela come from being on the left – the socialists.
        Yet you attack the right – the free market capitalists – without provocation.

        That’s why so many here in the U.S. say, “The socialists got what they wanted, let them live with it now.”

        Gringo.

        • sorry, but totally agree with them. Socialism is what killed Venezuela, not now, but since 1975 the dices were made. The proble Quico is that you still play to that game. The problem is that many of the commenters think in terms of the cuarta, the same infigthing in the MUD, the same thinking of political marketing. Sorry, but that’s preciselly that brought chavez to power.

          • Raf# – Yes, but we’re supposed to be able to lend a hand in a moment of temporary need. That’s what’s frustrating, when the hand you try to lend gets slapped away, or taken advantage of in the expectation of more. Makes you stop and think again what the goals of those you’re supposed to help are. You have training wheels on a bicycle, for example, but the goal is to ride the bike freely without them.

            Btw, posts seem to be going through. I guess the hard working geeks are getting the server problems fixed.

        • Gringo, you know what would be a hoot? Ask Quico one day if he had to choose one, who would be his pick to run the country of Venezuela, Maduro or Trump?

          I bet he’d go with Maduro every trip of the train. LOL

          • I’m starting to wonder if you two are the same person.

            That over the top compliment from Gringo might have given you away. lol

      • “Sorry we’re not coherent enough for you. Please feel free to go check Breitbart or Fox News instead. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

        “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, by Juan Carlos (MUD).

        They haven’t learned anything, and probably never will.

  2. Here is my optimist take on the situation.

    The elections were a success for the opposition. Of course, had the opposition cleaned house it would had been a success on par to the National Assembly, however, by losing under the conditions it did, the government is shown for what it is, a cheating dictatorship.

    The internal squabbling in the MUD and possible fracture is also good. Does Ramos Allup and AD think of themselves strong enough to go at it alone? What about Rosales and Falcon? They now seem a rather kowtowing bunch. Their standing within the MUD, even if they return repentant, will be diminished.

    OK, MUD 2.0, or 3.0, or whatever incarnation it is. You now know who you can count on for this stacked political game.

    Now make no mistake, the political game, however important is not the determinant factor anymore. This is naked and brutal tyranny. So either you dislodge the by force or you starve them (along with its inhabitants). Last I looked at DolarToday, they government is embracing the starvation (Bs42715/1US$!!!)

  3. Beyond stupid…do these e four newly elected governors get a salary and benefits once they were sworn in before the ANC. Money has to be involved in this…..Venezuela needs a new political class, a new generation. Do I ever feel foolish and naive for thinking that MUD should participate in these elections. This is a very difficult situation for foreigners like myself to comprehend. Learning about Venezuela will be a long grind for me.

    • Don’t feel foolish William. Even amongst those of us who are immersed in it, or of this culture, there were differences of opinion. Those who should feel foolish are the political analysts who refused to listen to both sides.

    • It is puzzling, but it is also more than just Venezuela. Look at Greece – bailed out by the EU. There’s something in human nature we are struggling to understand. One moment, it looks one way, the next moment it looks another way.

    • William, while Miraflores greatly reduces the flow of funds to opp governors in order to hamstring them, there are still plenty of contracts to be skimmed, favors to be granted (for a price), and wealthy citizens who wish to rub elbows with power. There are endless ways for one to enrich himself and those who don’t know the ropes going in, quickly learn them. A governorship is a coveted prize.

      I don’t know the figures, but I’d bet Miami is loaded with wealthy Venezuelan ex-politicians, which is where the crew above will likely end up.

  4. Here is my optimist take on the situation.

    The election was a gain for the opposition. It shows that the government is a cheating dictatorship.

    The fracture within the MUD removes or diminishes the kowtowing bunch, this includes Ramos Allup and AD along with Falcon and Rosales. Certainly, politics is important, but it ceased to be the determining factor in this struggle after the emasculation of the National Assembly. There was never a workable negotiation, they only speak the language of force. This is now proven in spades and acknowledged within and outside of Venezuela.

    “Y ahora quien podra defendernos?” El Chapulin Colorado.

    I see no group with the ability to successfully shoot it out with the Fuerzas Armadas de Ocupacion Bolivariana. This leaves us with the cruelest of paths, the siege, which, los Bolivarianos are implementing quite efficiently. Last I checked DolarToday it hit 42,715Bs/1US$.

    Hay para sufrimiento pa rato!!!

  5. Seems to me (just another imperialist economic warring gringo), that the “opposition” is lucky that they are done, because there is no way to stop the inflation and disease outbreak juggernauts. Why do you want to take over being the captain of the Titanic several hours after it hit the iceberg?

    • Ahhhh…a silver lining! The government no longer will be able to use the opposition as an excuse for its failure. The opposition is dead and the whole territory is now red, red, red!

    • Here’s my problem with your analysis, and is at the core of Venezuela mental disease:

      Who the fuck ever really believed the oppo was the cause of VZ’s problems in the first place? It’s a false premise.

      • Ira,
        Every chavista, including some members of my family, believe that. For sane people, it is beyond comprehension but it is very real for them.

        • We have the same problems in the USA, with Dumbdemoncrats. The mantra is: Don’t try the argue logic with them, because they aren’t rational enough, and don’t confuse them with facts. This is and always has been a worldwide problem, the disease of socialism. Free market capitalist countries do ten times better than socialist countries, but for socialists that isn’t relevant.

    • I’m pretty sure a sane person that gets a team of mildly competent individuals can get the basic things sorted out between 2 ~ 5 years.

      Argentine just dropped the FX control system (one similar to Venezuela btw), and guess what, the sky is not falling for them. So it will be the same for us in Venezuela should we do the same.

      The problems we have in Venezuela is because the economic team of the Venezuelan government, doesn’t believe in economy. Is like having a person who doesn’t believe in science teaching evolution.

      • “I’m pretty sure a sane person that gets a team of mildly competent individuals can get the basic things sorted out between 2 ~ 5 years.”

        Yes, a nation can recover from terrible economic policy. Plenty of examples of that in history. But, … “sane person that gets a team of mildly competent individuals” in charge of Venezuela, and 2-5 years? Good luck!

  6. A better analogy for Venezuela: “Who wants to take over the bank after all the deposits have been looted, and only bad loans are left on the books??”

    It’s too bad, but based on what I have learned from a year of following this blog, and also Aporrea, its going to get way worse, and stay that way a long time. Like an over-sized El Salvador, but with more natural resources that can be looted.

    • If you don’t believe the country can be recovered, then you are welcome to remain silent or abandon the country whenever you wish if you hadn’t done so already. If you don’t intend to help then at least don’t get in the way of those that are willing and can help the country.

      • Sorry my pessimism bugs you. And, as an economic-war-mongering imperialist gringo from El Imperio, I don’t know how to remain silent (hey, at least I don’t tweet).

      • jctt – the thing is that here at least, no one is eager to make plans for what would recover the country. I’m sure it was over a year ago an engineer wrote an article getting into detail about the electric power grid in Venezuela, and suggested how it could be improved. I suggested someone do an article on agriculture. Then this year I linked to a really spot-on article by one of the leading opposition men (I think it was Freddy Guevara) that laid out at least five steps in the financial area that would be taken – when they gained executive control. Generally, it seems I have not inspired any interest, since the focus is on finding a salida from the Maduro regime.

        • I think it may be the fact, that some in the opposition still thinks that socialism is the only way to save Venezuela…

          And I speculate that some would rather a cohabitation scenario with PSUV, than a scenario where the country is headed to a free market economy.

  7. A picture is worth a thousand words.

    Barreto Sira (our new governor), with his hand held belly-button high, looks like he’s warning his dog not to pee on the carpet.

    Laidy Gomez looks like she just caught her husband in bed with a dead girl or a live boy, and I do believe the guy on the left holding up his left hand is also crossing his fingers hoping what he’s about to do, won’t count.

    That look on their faces though is what one looks like when he knows his political career is over.

  8. I will never forgive for these governors to go to the ANC and have maduro and its thieves have their way. Still, today, I talked to my family in San Cristobal and told me they are really hoping that they finally can put gas without waiting more than 4 hours in line (the gas problem has been there for years now), they hope that the state can get better funding and they can finally have so many basic problems solved. They hope that the “adecos” can do better than VP that had Ceballos in jail right away and the city got not budget whatsoever to fulfill basic needs (what can you expect of a jailed alcalde). Comparing San Cristobal with other main cities around (Barquismeto, Merida, etc) you can see the big difference, San Cristobal is being abandoned for so many years and the “resistencia” took its toll in the city (traffic light and roads destroyed, etc), . In general, my family do no agree with what the governors did, on the other hand, they hope that with this, San Cristobal can get at least to the level of Barquisimeto or Merida that have a “better” relationship with the government, in San Cristobal people are desperate, really, really desperate, and if by the end of the day the city can get a little more benefits by making happy the dictator for one day, then so be it, lets turn the page and hope for the best. This is all very sad, but this is what it is….I don’t live there, I cannot judge them…

  9. Their decision to get sworn in at the ANC is literally inexplicable to me, as someone not living in Venezuela.

    Taking part in these elections was a terrible mistake, but this is even worse. Surrender and betrayal.

    • Compare to the decisions, announced by President Santos of Colombia, rejecting any outside military intervention. He said they have plans for a peaceful resolution, which are already in motion. That was a couple of months ago?

  10. I wonder if all the rage about the 4 obedient governors masks the larger end game going on. The impact of their great submission to the ANC is to tear apart MUD. Another event that hurt MUD badly was the early declaration by some that the Chavistas devastating victory over MUD was not the result of fraud. Dramatically ahead in all the polls MUD finished poorly in the tally and some immediately, without waiting for any audit or study declared their impressive victory to be legitimate. Why concede defeat so early and so definitively. To decimate MUD is the answer. To show that MUD is not a legitimate opposition.. So these two supposedly separate incidents serve the same purpose but to what end. My guess is that the democratic progressive left has an end game for Venezuela that does not involve governance by MUD but rather a coalition with the Chavistas. The deal would be that the Chavistas make some kind of face saving nod to democracy and the quid pro quod, the trade , is that the democratic left progressives torpedo MUD and enter into a coalition with the Chavistas, all to prevent a civil war and end the suffering of the people. To me this explains two otherwise inexplicable events, the submission of the obedient governors and the immediate concession of the results of the regional elections.

    • “Another event that hurt MUD badly was the early declaration by some that the Chavistas devastating victory over MUD was not the result of fraud. Dramatically ahead in all the polls MUD finished poorly in the tally and some immediately, without waiting for any audit or study declared their impressive victory to be legitimate. Why concede defeat so early and so definitively.”

      Shouldn’t that question be directed at Quico?

      “The deal would be that the Chavistas make some kind of face saving nod to democracy and the quid pro quod, the trade , is that the democratic left progressives torpedo MUD and enter into a coalition with the Chavistas, all to prevent a civil war and end the suffering of the people.”

      Not following, how does that end the suffering of the people?

      As for the talk of civil war in Venezuela, I don’t see that ever happening. I say so because to have a civil war you’d need the country to be roughly divided 50-50, one half fighting the other. It’s not divided. The overwhelming majority want this regime gone, and gone for good. The problem as I see it is that the same overwhelming majority either don’t know how to accomplish it, or no longer care enough to even try.

      • I say “to prevent a civil war and the suffering of the people” as the rationale for this bargain, the sales pitch, not as my prediction of the outcome of any such deal. As to your second question, you would know better than I would.

  11. The brilliant part: when the fault is on “abstencionistas” because if more “abstencionistas” had voted then AD would’ve had more “gobernadores” who would’ve sworn their loyalty to the ANC-psuv.

    Now, imagine if a non-AD candidate had won Miranda and decided not to swear but call the people to the streets again. Remember that inside Miranda is part of the Gran Caracas and the largest demonstrations against the government has happened there. That’s the spark the government fears the most and put them against the ropes for four months. So who cares about Bolívar or Zulia?, en Caracas es la cosa!)

    That’s the reason I still (once and again) believe in the logic (and not in the CNE!!!) that the regionales were set, and the government-psuv-cne-fanb made a big effort to close any slightly window to be defeated in Miranda. And that’s the reason the fraud (in terms of votes) in Miranda was bigger than any other state (it happened everywhere). By one side the govt managed to dis-encourage thousands to vote (reubicaciones, saboteo, colectivos, máquinas que no funcionan, falta de luz) plus, the votes psuv injected in the state (according to the president of the AN only in Miranda 160k votes didn’t have a fingerprint associated with, and more than a third of the actas are missing, and so on).

    What actually surprises me, it’s that most “opinadores” related to the opposition (economistas, encuestadores, analistas, periodistas and others which follow the CNE fake factsvotes but not the logical facts) are still blaming the “starving people” who voted for psuv when that exactly didn’t happen. And the argument of those intellectuals is that those people are not as brilliant as they are!!!

    • Data in venezuela is scarce. You comment on the spin that is provided by the different talking heads. Most o the pinafores de oficio in venezuela don’t spend a couple of hours number crunching any thing to base their opinion pieces, they rather hablan desde la tapa de la barriga.

      Prejudice, dogma and political tendencies shine through all discourse because very few are intellectually honest enough, and fact based enough to read the data, hold suspect the spins and form their own opinions.

      For many years now, all the info and counter info doled out comes from laboratories or war rooms in Havana, in the political parties and in independent and mainstream media.

      Same as in the US, the attack on facts and data are key to manipulate the people to think and believe whatever you want them to believe….

      sigh.

  12. Regardless of what he says or didn’t, there is no appetite anywhere in Latin America or the US (even among ultra-hawks like McCain) for military intervention at this time. That’s just reality.

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