Cuba’s F. Castro Reacts to Venezuela Vote

By Circles Robinson

From the Venezuelan legislative election campaign.

HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 27 – Hugo Chavez’s United Socialist Party retained a majority of seats in the Venezuelan parliament on Sunday but lost the 2/3 majority that allowed the president to implement policies virtually by decree.

Cuba’s Fidel Castro was among the first to react to the partial victory in a newspaper column signed at 3:24 a.m. on Monday.

Fidel Castro said: “The enemy managed a portion of its objectives: keeping the Chavez government from having two thirds support in the parliament.”

However the former Cuban president said he still thought the vote was a victory for the Chavez forces.  He noted the high 66.45 percent turnout and that the United Socialist Party (PSUV) had obtained at least 95 seats in the 165 member legislature “with a large number of young people, women, and seasoned activists.”

While President Chavez did not mention the overall popular vote count – referring only to the district by district legislative results where his party won a simple majority – a foreign press report from Bloomberg said 52 percent of the total votes cast went to the opposition, saying that Chavez was strongest in smaller rural voting districts.

Fidel Castro said the great interest of the US in the Venezuelan elections is over oil.

Sunday’s elections realign the parliament after the opposition parties dropped out of the last vote in 2005 leaving the Chavez forces complete control of the legislature.

Chavez did not see the vote results as a loss for his socialist revolution.  “My dear compatriots, this has been a great campaign and we have obtained a solid majority,  sufficient to continue moving forward,” said Chavez.

The Venezuelan leader faces his next presidential election in 2012.

Venezuela is Cuba’s closest economic and political ally.  Tens of thousands of Cubans work in the South American country as doctors, educators, sports trainers, and numerous other professions in an exchange that allows Cuba to obtain the fuel and oil products it doesn’t produce.


9 thoughts on “Cuba’s F. Castro Reacts to Venezuela Vote

  • September 29, 2010 at 9:44 am
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    Thanks, Everyone. It’s probably what I’ve been fearing all along, and it looks as though grok and I finally agree on something. This “Socialism for the 21th Century” apparently is bourgeois, social-democratic anti-imperialism. We are duty bound as socialists to support it against the monopoly capitalist empire, but we know from historical experience where it will finally end up.

    I think the depressing fate that awaits Venezuela is rooted in the fact that the Bolivarian Revolution leaves the instruments of productions in the hands of the national capitalists, hoping they will split from the world monopolists and achieve national independence–and stop their sickening anti-patriotic toadyism to international capital. This of course is a pipe dream of a sincere social democrat, a la Salvador Allende. If that’s what Hugo is–as sincere social democrat–we’ve seen it all before and it’s a miserable future.

    Well, we can’t really tell the Venezuelans anything, just like we can’t tell the Cubans anything. What will be instructive for us in the U.S. and other advanced capitalist countries is to understand what real, workable socialism is. We modern cooperative socialists have our core principle and the state monopoly socialists have theirs. That’s where the matter will stand as history goes crunching along.

    I truly believe that what the world socialist transformation needs most right now is theoretic clarity. This HT forum helps us enormously in this regard.

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