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How Rosales Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Regime

Zulia governor Manuel Rosales isn’t running in the primaries. But that doesn’t mean he’s discarding running for president in 2o24 – and blasting the rest of the opposition on the way.

Aduana del Ecuador, Rumichaca. Cientos de venezonalos en situacion de movilidad humana esperan en fila para sellar su pasaporte y continuar con su viaje. Al dia, lelgaban entre 3000 y 7000 personas buscando salir de Colombia para viajar, en su mayoria, a Peru. La espera en esta fila se extiende hasta 4 dias, durmiendo en la calle o en zonas techadas de la Aduana. Durante las noches, la temperatura puede llegar a bajar hasta 3 grados Celcius.

A Marabino Trojan Horse?

Manuel Rosales has had an odd career. The opposition’s candidate in 2006, he was later politically persecuted and fled into exile in 2009. However, and without much explanation, he returned to Venezuela six years later, where he was detained and later released. Rosales would again become governor of Zulia, once the richest state in the country, in 2021.

Since then, he has become increasingly comfortable with the Chavista system. Recently, he published an almost 5-minute long video where he quickly blames the Chavista governments for the collapse of Venezuela -without a single mention of human rights- and then proceeds into a long tirade blaming other sectors of the opposition. And, although he is not running in the primary (he’s supporting Henrique Capriles), Rosales is now saying that his presidential aspirations are not dead.

Are we about to see, perhaps, a Trojan horse in the Unitary Platform?

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