Photo: Luis Carlos Díaz

It’s with great sadness that we announce the death of the Alcaldía Metropolitana de Caracas, after a long illness. The death itself was quick, under a session of the Constituent Assembly on December, 20th, 2017.  

Ironically, it was another Constituent Assembly the entity to create it, in February 2000, something chavismo quickly regretted. If you didn’t know, the Metropolitan Mayor was the first civil, political and administrative authority in Caracas chosen in elections by simple majority and 2,528,687 voters, according the 2017 register. The first Metropolitan Mayor was Alfredo Peña, beating Chávez’ candidate, Aristóbulo Istúriz. It’s funny and important to remember it was Istúriz who proposed, last year, the Alcaldía Mayor’s execution. Very in line with how chavismo takes defeat.

After Peña’s controversial tenure (which included the 11-A coup and its arrested commissars), chavismo won the Alcaldía with Juan Barreto. Barreto “restructured” the police, made several expropriations and established the “poder popular“, a stint that left the Public Ministry investigating the institution for corruption.

In 2008, the opposition retook the crown jewel with Antonio Ledezma and 52,42% of the votes, but in 2009 violent chavista groups occupied the building and the red National Assembly took away most of its resources and attributions. Even Chávez himself hurried to create the Jefe de Gobierno del Distrito Capital figure, basically a parallel Alcaldía Mayor, headed by Jacqueline Faría.

If you didn’t know, the Metropolitan Mayor was the first civil, political and administrative authority in Caracas chosen in elections by simple majority.

It was all for naught; Ledezma won again in 2013, so chavismo decided to cut to the chase and, in February 2015, the SEBIN detained the mayor in his office. Later that day, Maduro accused him of being part of “Operación Jericó”, some nebulous plan to bomb Caracas with evidence we’re still waiting for.

It’s worth noting that Helen Fernández, mayor in charge and Ledezma’s successor, was removed in November 2017 by a decision of the Cabildo Metropolitano, with an opposition majority. The reasons for this… we leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions.

Bare weeks after Ledezma’s escape, his contested post was dead. Some oppo figures complained on Twitter, but looks like the only ones really grieving for the Alcaldía Mayor are its former workers, because for everyone else, this is a thing from the past, like the bicameral Parliament, RCTV and the pernil navideño. Si te he visto no me acuerdo.

Rest in peace Alcaldía. We barely knew you.

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  1. As far as i remember Peña was a chavista when he won, he was even one of the highest vote getters in the constituyente election, and turn against Chavez some time after he was mayor

  2. The only real Operacion Jerico was the infamous Portuguese Pernil Sabotage in December (unless you are mistaking it for Diosdado’s ongoing Operacion Perico).

    Besides that, the highly educated residents left in Caracas’ carcass hardly even remember Peña, Barreto o Ledezma. All they care about are Clap boxes, new Guisos, and the remesas in US$ or Euros, sent every month by their numerous exiled family members working abroad (now estimated at 4 Million).

    Meanwhile, they keep entertained with superb video games they can easily afford with the fresh Remesa$ from abroad, plus countless new Guisos, and savage lootings. “Saqueo” these days means Patria instead of Theft, especially when robbing their own neighbors.

    If the aforementioned Guisos, Remesas and Saqueos are not enough income for these brave, highly educated Kleptozuelan Metropolitan Mobs, they occasionally resort to ingenious new forms of entertainment, such as chasing and killing their own calves in private country farms for delightful weekend barbecues, or robbing poor banana vendors in the streets just for snacks. That or scratching dirty harina pan from asphalt roads after looting trucks, to prepare the traditional arepas. Welcome to Saqueozuela 2018.

  3. Comment regarding “remesas – Money transfers from abroad” reposted from another comment section:

    Not true that money from Remesas is being sent to Venezuela, what happens is that this Remesa money ($ usually) is transferred from one account outside Venezuela to another account outside of Venezuela, and the person who has the account that receives the $, sends Bolivars (Bs.) to the person who send the $,¨at an agreed exchange rate, this happens inside Venezuela, so it really is a transfer of Bs. inside Venezuela.

    The problem is that with a Bolivar devaluating so quickly it is taking larger and larger amounts of Bolivars for each $ sold, and thus a huge amount of money (in Bs.) is getting more and more difficult to source (and move). There is currently a daily limit of 20.000.000 Bs per day in some banks (a little more than $100,00) so it is not an efficient way of receiving money, altough $100 can help a family survive for 2 – 3 weeks….

  4. Venezuelan have always practiced pilfering and small scale occasional pillaging of abandoned or unprotected property but never did it reach the enormous scale frequency and violence of the looting thats taking place this last year. Its clear that whats driving looting of this magnitude and savagery is the consequence of the shortages and miseries and hyperinflation caused by the absolute breakdown of the economy due to the regimes mismanagement and corruption , The regime has created a living hell which ordinary people often cant survive except by engaging in looting , pillaging and other like activities. The blame rests squarely on the regime for fomenting that kind of collective conduct .

  5. Hammering the pueblo for stupidity, venality, corruption and there penchant for government freebies strikes me as a questionable strategy regardless of the merits of the alllegations. Whatever their faults might be they seem to make up a significant percentage of the population and their cooperation and buy in will be necessary for regime change and the subsequent stability of the replacement government.


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