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A major fault line in Venezuela’s opposition movement surfaced this week as the socialist elements of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) urge participation in the government’s regional elections, which the center-right opposition rejects as a move legitimizing dictator Nicolás Maduro.
The socialist regime appears to agree, as it published an article in state media this week arguing that the presence of opposition candidates on the ballots in the upcoming December regional elections is an implicit admission that the regime can be trusted to host free and fair elections.
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Henry Ramos Allup, a vice president of the Socialist International who has entrenched himself in the opposition leadership, announced this week that his MUD member party, Democratic Action, would field candidates in the December election.
“If we don’t enroll in gubernatorial elections, chavistas will win 23 governorships via forfeit, and we would also lose 335 mayorships,” Allup argued this week. “There are people who have given their lives demanding an electoral calendar and elections. These people died demanding to participate and we have never convened a pro-abstention march.”
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On Thursday, Allup announced that the MUD as a whole would field candidates, scolding opponents of participating in the elections. “The same people who say that participating is a crime, within 15 days will be the ones accusing us of giving away 23 governorships,” he argued.
That day, the MUD Twitter account confirmed his claims, posting a statement reading “our struggle is for the vote, the most powerful weapon of rejection against the Maduro regime.”
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The loudest opposition to this plan has come from the MUD member party Vente Venezuela, led by former National Assembly lawmaker María Corina Machado. Machado was removed from her post in a violent military action by the Maduro government in which she suffered minor tear gas related injuries during the 2014 anti-socialist protests.
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