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Venezuela: Opposition Lost 20 Seats from 2000 Elections

Caracas, 27 September, AVN — The opposition parties have suffered a loss of 20 seats in the National Assembly compared to the last elections in which they participated, said Roy Chaderton, a United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) member elected to the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

Interviewed by TeleSur, Chaderton stressed that the opposition are trying to create a false impression that they won a victory and said that there is no such victory in evidence, since they lost the trust of the people, losing 20 of the parliamentary seats that they had in the last electoral process in which they participated.

“They can celebrate whatever they want, but it is striking that they are celebrating when they have obtained 20 fewer seats than the last time when they had deputies in the National Assembly,” he said.

Likewise, he stated: “The reality is that, compared to the elections for 2000-2005, they have 20 fewer deputies elected, and the government has won enough support to elect 3 more deputies than what it had in that period.”

“In the case of the National Assembly, it’s good that the opposition are now part of it, that’s where they should be, but they withdrew in 2005, hours before the beginning of the electoral process, to try to delegitimize it, and, besides, hoping that the [US] Marines would do their dirty work to replace President Chávez,” he emphasized.

Chaderton explained that “between 2005 and 2010, as they didn’t participate and withdrew for the negative motives that I explained, they can now claim that their representation has increased 6,600%, but all that is part of the media farce, corrupt deals, fake news to mislead the national and international public opinion, with the complicity, of course, of the international Far Right.”

On 30 July 2000, parliamentary elections to legitimate the legislative power of the then new National Assembly were held, the first parliament after the approval of the 1999 Constitution.  The elections then were held at the same time as the presidential elections.


The original article “Oposición perdió 20 diputados en relación con elecciones del año 2000” was published by Agencia Venezolana de Noticias on 27 September 2010.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).




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