VenEconomy: The vote was for Venezuela
Today is October 8, the day after the most important act of voting in the republican history of Venezuela, conducted after a radical polarization of our citizens. The election results bear this out.
From a population of 18,903,143 voters and election with 96.61% of the votes counted, the turnout was 80.79%. Of these, 7,963,061 (55%) favored a national vision offered by President Hugo Chávez, for 14 years building a retrograde Caribbean command socialism. On the other hand, 6,426,286 (44.4%) supported a progressive vision and future inclusion by young Henrique Capriles. Meanwhile, 3.6 million were not moved to vote by endless reasons.
This message today is intended for that half of the country that woke up this morning demoralized and severely beaten, with the bitter aftertaste of defeat and their hopes dashed.
Those over 6 million Venezuelans who believe that change is possible to build a country where everyone matters, thinks and decides. Those who know that it is feasible to have a country that does not suffer the highest homicide rates in the region and the world. Likewise, a country that does not have the worst rates of competitiveness, corruption, investment climate, and human rights violations.
Likewise, for those prisoners today who are without a path to freedom, among others: Ivan Simonovis, Maria de Lourdes Afiuni, the Metropolitan police officers and dozens more who sit in prison at the political whim of the President. And also for those Venezuelans who have fled abroad fleeing a system of persecution or in search of a better quality of life.
And for the journalists and the media who bravely report the country's reality and risk their freedom or their well-being.
And above all, to the legion of thousands of young people who placed their hopes of progress in the triumph of Capriles. Young people planted so many seeds of democracy and freedom, despite the 14 years of efforts to stifle and cut-off that autonomy of thought and expression.
For them the life and gratitude of all of us here at VenEconomy. Learning from life experiences is essential, because as the Democratic Unity candidate said in recognizing the triumph of his autocratic contender, "To win you have to know how to lose."
Capriles also said this country does not end today. There are over six million Venezuelans who believe that it is possible to have a positive Venezuela and disagree with Chavez's vision of the country that imposes the inverse. They all have a voice and a say and are all Venezuelans and demand respect and recognition.
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