Patrick Bèle : Venezuela:
Chavez re-elected for the third time
Hugo Chavez has won once again with over 54% and a participation record of over 80%. This is a great personal victory first against his illness that has plagued him throughout the campaign and of course against the Venezuelan opposition that despite a successful union strategy, has failed to rout the leader of the XXI century socialism.
At 11:21 p.m.The President resumed its "good habits" with a "cadena" forcing all media to retransmit the traditional ceremony in "balcony of the people" at the palace of Miraflores. All channels had to broadcast his Venezuelan triumph before an adoring crowd gather for the occasion before hand. "Thanks to all Venezuelans who are reviving Bolivar's home land.. Congratulations to the opponents who have come to recognize the truth, the people's victory! The candidate has the right to recognize the Bolivarian victory. This is an important step in building peace in Venezuela ... It was a perfect battle. Thank God nothing came to taint the Battle of Carabobo ... Today we have demonstrated that our democracy is one of the best in the world and we will continue to demonstrate it... "
Then he arranges the truth a little saying that 8 million Venezuelans voted for him ... in fact it is 7.5 million, a bit far away from his stated unattainable goal of 10 million votes.
Earlier, Henrique Capriles recognized clearly the defeat recalling that "To know how to win, you have to lose. The voice of the people is sacred. "
The hardest part now begins for Chavez. The campaign was very costly for the state finances and also for his health. The central bank was forced to sell gold to meet cash requirements for imports. His physical strength was put to the test and could suffer a severe blow against this past election. Then deadlines will quickly get difficult. Monetary problems facing the country will soon become indispensable like a devaluation that will be painful for the population.
Promises like "Mision Vivienda" must be carried out and completed. The housing program has already taken a significant delay and some refugees rumble, waiting for a home since late 2010. If until now, they blame the bureaucracy and not Chavez, their patience could end and anger display, to the extent of their disappointment. It will also make Hugo Chavez finally address the two problems that plague the daily lives of all Venezuelans: violence and electricity supply shortage.
Hugo Chavez has bread on the table. But yesterday at the "balcony of the people" it seemed transformed suddenly rejuvenated with all the energy that overflowed before the discovery of his cancer.
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Patrick Bèle is a journalist at the French Newspaper Le Figaro. All his articles can be read in Patrick's Le Figaro blog Regards Latinos . Petroleumworld does not necessarily share these views.
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