HAVANA TIMES — This past Thursday, in response to numerous surveys which place the opposition at the lead with regards to the legislative elections scheduled for December 6, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared that the country would be plunged into chaos were his government to lose the elections, DPA reported.
“We’d be heading straight into chaos. I took an oath. Under no circumstances will this man standing here, Nicolas Maduro, and our people hand over what the revolution has accomplished, nor will we betray the revolution. Let us prepare to defend this revolution wherever we are called on to defend it, and to win on December 6 whichever way we can,” he stated.
During an official function held in Venezuela’s eastern region of Anzoategui, Maduro declared that the opposition, which he refers to as the “oligarchy,” should pray for his government to win the elections.
“They should light candles and pray to their saints, pray the defenders of the revolution win the December 6 elections by a broad margin, because this country can be governed only by revolutionaries,” he affirmed.
Venezuelans will go to the polls to vote for the 167 members of National Assembly (Congress), and members of Maduro’s government appear behind in the polls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuelan_parliamentary_election,_2015
Maduro again called on government supporters to win the elections “whichever way they can”, invoking the “economic war” he claims is being waged by companies that hoard products, to the detriment of the people.
He announced the government is preparing a new offensive to regulate and control prices, in order to halt the rising prices seen over past months. The campaign would entail prison sentences for distributors who set product prices on the basis of black market exchange rates.
He pointed out that the government is supplying dollars through regulated exchange mechanisms (at 6.3, 12 and 200 bolivars to the dollar), and that using the black market exchange rate (which is more than 800 bolivars to the dollar) to set product prices is illegal.
Maduro declared that authorities will monitor product prices, such that these never represent profits above 30 percent of production costs, in order to guarantee “fair prices.”
Inflation in Venezuela has skyrocketed this year, exceeding 100 percent according to some independent sources. The government has stopped releasing official inflation figures.
Venezuela is Cuba’s most important economic ally, supplying the country with all its imported oil at preferential prices.