For Venezuela’s Opposition, Election Victory Was the Easy Part

Opposition supporters celebrate, Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 7, 2015 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).
Opposition supporters celebrate, Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 7, 2015 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).

If there was one surprise in the overwhelming electoral victory by the Venezuelan opposition in Sunday’s legislative elections, it was that the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) accepted defeat so quickly and peacefully. But anyone who thinks that means the political temperature will cool down in Venezuela should think again. Opposition leaders never doubted they had the votes to overtake the heirs to the late Hugo Chavez. The question was whether President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s successor, and his backers would allow a free election to take place—and if they did permit the true vote count to be revealed, […]

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