Last week, the chavista electoral council (CNE) indefinitely suspended the recall referendum process and postponed regional elections that were supposed to take place in December. Venezuela is now a time bomb.
Venezuela isn’t a cheesy soft-porn novel. The international community has to realize there are no shades of gray in Venezuela anymore. For all its flaws, one side is democratic; the other is just plain autocratic.
Con la eliminación del referendo revocatorio y la postergación de las elecciones regionales, el chavismo confirmó lo que la mayoría de los venezolanos ya sabía: Maduro buscará perpetrarse en el poder por todos los medios.
Venezuela’s development challenges today are no different than they were 30 years ago—diversifying the economy. Except that today, it’s going to take more to climb out of the well dug by 17 years of chavista economics.
The CNE’s announcement Thursday September 22 showed that the Maduro government has no intention of holding a fair referendum. But the delay may have provided the international community with a positive option.