Pérez to Capriles: You are going to be Venezuela's next president
Pablo Pérez, the governor of the state of Zulia, said that the Venezuelan people showed that they have no fear, because 2,900,000 people cast their vote in the opposition primaries on February 12. He said that the state of Zulia will fully support to Henrique Capriles Radonski
Pablo Pérez, the governor of the state of Zulia, was the first opposition pre-candidate to talk about the results of Venezuela's opposition presidential primaries held on February 12. He acknowledged Henrique Capriles Radonski's victory. "To Henrique Capriles Radonski, my friend, as I told you since I enrolled as a candidate: My friend, you are going to be Venezuela's next president."
This way, the presidential pre-candidate of Un Nuevo Tiempo (A New Era party) of the opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) accepted the results. He stressed that he is willing to work with Capriles Radonski for the presidential vote to be held on October 7, 2012.
"Venezuela is the biggest winner today," Pérez said at the headquarters of his campaign team. He added that despite government's predictions, which estimated turnout at 500,000 people, "Venezuelans showed that they have no fear," and voters' turnout was 2,900,000 people.
The governor of the state of Zulia told Capriles that he can count on the support of the state of Zulia.
With reporting by Ender Marcano
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.