Ruling party leader: "Parachutists" landed on a right foot
Diosdado Cabello, the vice-president of ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), said that average turnout was recorded in December 16 gubernatorial election. He underscored that pro-Chávez elected candidates must "govern the way (President Hugo) Chávez does"
According to Cabello, average turnout was recorded. He said that those who failed to cast their ballot did not care about the results and left the decision in other people's hands. He explained that although "more people should have participated," the legitimacy of the vote could not be denied.
Although the ruling party won the governor's offices in 20 states, Cabello said that the PSUV could have been better off not only in terms of winning more offices, but also in raising the number of votes.
Cabello, who is also the Speaker of the National Assembly, stated that socialist proposals prevailed over those of capitalism. He referred to the ruling party candidates that were untimely nominated for governors. Such candidates were described as "parachutists" by the opposition. In this connection, Cabello stressed that "parachutists" landed on a right foot. He noted that people understood that "they were Chávez's candidates."
Addressing pro-Chávez elected governors, the PSUV leader warned, "You must govern the way Chávez does (...) it takes great effort." Cabello dedicated the victory to Chávez.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.