VENEZUELAN ELECTIONS REACHING CRITICAL STAGE

Published on Socialist Unity (first on Green Left Weekly), by Jim McIlroy & Coral Wynter in Caracas, September 24, 2012.

As the final weeks of the Venezuelan presidential election campaign unfold, an intense battle of ideas is under way. The poll on October 7 is looming as one of the most important elections in the country´s history.

On one hand, the right-wing opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, and his Roundtable for Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition, has produced a program aimed to privatise great sections of Venezuelan industry, particularly the state oil company PDVSA.  

This would destroy the economic basis for the Bolivarian revolution led by the government of President Hugo Chavez, whose gains rely on funds from PDVSA.

The MUD program would gut the social missions, slashing public expenditure and reversing the widespread gains made by the Venezuelan people since Chavez was first elected in 1998.

On the other hand, Chavez has launched an all-out political offensive to demolish right-wing opposition, with huge rallies and caravans of cars and buses all around the country daily.

The Chavez campaign fiercely criticises Capriles´ neoliberal economic package. It highlights the tremendous social gains of the revolution, while pushing a program aimed at a radical transition towards “socialism of the 21st century” … //

… Below is the text, translated from Spanish, of a widely distributed leaflet published by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the main popular organisation supporting Chavez’s election campaign:

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Achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution: … (full long text).

Links:

Five reasons to build big solar power in Port Augusta/Australia, on Green Left Weekly, by Mel Barnes, September 22, 2012;

Australia: Government threatens more online spying, on Green Left Weekly, by Viv Miley, September 22, 2012;

Green Left Weekly GLW, and Contact.

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