Venezuelan VP: Opposition Unified Democratic Panel is crushed
According to Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, the Government has taken the victory obtained on Sunday gubernatorial election with "humbleness and peace of mind," particularly "because it was a gift the Venezuelan people gave to President (Hugo) Chávez"
Maduro's comments came in a meeting aimed at assessing the Second Socialist Plan of the Nation 2013-2019. He also explained that the meeting would also assess "the resounding victory of the Bolivarian revolution of Chávez's people," in December 16 vote.
The vice-president noted that the projects under the Government plan are based on "very specific" instructions given by President Hugo Chávez during the election campaign. Maduro remarked that the strategies focus on economic development so as to "transform every state into a power," boost food production, improve services, generate jobs, and guarantee security.
The official asserted that the Government has taken the victory obtained on Sunday with "humbleness and peace of mind," particularly "because it was a gift given by the Venezuelan people to President Chávez."
Maduro stressed that the revolution did not lose one single governor's office in December 16 vote. He added that the people "fully supported Commander Chávez's capacity to rule based on people's will."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.