Venezuela is heading towards a new historical phase

(To Maria Grazia Labellarte)

The December 6 more than 19 million Venezuelan voters voted for the renewal of the National Assembly, unique assembly, after the abolition of bicameralism, consisting of 167 seats, of which 113 elected in 87 electoral districts, with the uninominal dry system, where the majority gets the seat. The remaining 51 deputies are elected to half closed party lists, with a proportional system. The remaining 3 seats are reserved to the indigenous minority.

The elections were characterized by great triumph opposition. The seats, in fact, won by the latter's coalition are around 113 voted, essentially, by those disappointed by the Chavismo he finds himself currently living the heavy economic crisis, accompanied by 200% inflation, corruption, everywhere, endless queues to buy food and the almost "non-existence" of medicines, even first aid. Moreover, a sudden drop in the international price of oil, the country's main source of export, has decreased the availability of hard currency necessary for the stable development of the country, and limited efforts by the government in responding effectively to the economic war waged by the "local oligarchy".

From today, however, the Latin American state is closer to the definitive closure of a difficult one historical period, lasted 17 years and can start thinking about the future with hope ed optimism. Indeed, winning 113 seats in the National Assembly means being able to check the legislative branch, and therefore the government. For the first time in 17 years the PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) does not have control of the Congress. The 74,3% of voters supported the change; the opposition, therefore, will represent a serious challenge to the government in the near future with the hope, moreover, that i imprisoned opposition leaders may also be released amnesty. However, this victory can easily fit into a new arrangement geopolitical of the Latin American continent, if it is associated with the victory in Argentina of the center-right president, Mauricio Macri.

Mr Maduro, leader of the PSUV, from his singing, publicly admitting defeat, declared that his party will defend the interests of Venezuelans and would like to complete the "Bolivarian revolution" started by Hugo Chavez.

(photo: Periodicos de Venezuela)