Shifts in Venezuela: Venezuela’s President Defeat

Published: December 10, 2015

Shifts in Venezuela: Venezuela’s President Defeat, In a national address, the Venezuelan president promised that “times of victory for the revolution will come again.”
President Nicolas Maduro called for the rebirith of the Bolivarian revolution “in the spirit of April 13,” the date that his predecessor Hugo Chavez was restored to power after a short lived coup d’etat.

Maduro’s comments came during his weekly television show following a meeting with the coalition of left-wing parties that supports his government. That coalition fared poorly in Sunday’s parliamentary election, winning 55 seats in the National Assembly to the opposition’s 112, its first parliamentary electoral loss in 17 years.

On his show, Maduro called for a return to the “original spirit” of the revolution, and promised to fight for public workers who fear a right-wing led parliament may seek to take away their jobs.

“If I have to go personally to defend the workers of (public broadcaster) ANTV, Ramos Allup, I will go there,” said Maduro, directing his comments to one of right-wing leaders of the opposition bloc.

Maduro also announced the creation of a new law to protect workers’ stability for the next three years. His announcement follows threats from some opposition leaders to get rid of the country’s highly advanced labor law.

However, with a super-majority of 112 seats, the opposition is able to get rid of any laws, including those created this month by Maduro or the current national assembly, before the new assembly swears in on Jan. 5.

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