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

  • 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.

  • Grady Ross Daugherty:
    > I guess I don’t understand Hugo’s idea of what socialism is. It seems
    > to be an anti-imperialist government in power, but with most of medium
    > and large enterprise still in the hands of private investors. Can someone
    > please explain?

    It’s real simple, Grady: Hugo Chavez and the people leading this nationalist social revolution are actually aiming — many of them anyway — for only a *social-democratic* type of government. They are actually mis-representing it by calling it ‘socialist’ — as in ‘socialist revolution’ — as all social-democratic and stalinist parties are wont to do in order to maintain their various class-collaborationist charades around the World. However, Hugo Chavez feels great pressure to come thru with a real revolution in his own situation (and is actually deluding himself about the possibilities, given his actions to date, AFAIC) — but his actions, and those of his collaborators, belies that claim. So far.

    In fact, only the sovereign working-class and its allies can make their own socialist revolution — because THEY have to control all power, and democratically too, for it to BE real socialism — and those classes are presently caught-up in the same lies, illusions and delusions which most all the rest of us are caught up in, about the supposed democratic nature of the various bourgeois systems we have lived our lives under…

    And if you simply want to just expropriate the bourgeoisie and get on with it — you are labeled an ‘extremist’. C’est la vie, n’est-ce pas..?

  • > Once he manage to gets to change the electoral system in a way that
    > people can not directly boot him out of power like the case of Cuba then
    > is when they learn the real reforms he have for them.
    > Big lines to buy eggs when they come
    > or meat or anything else.
    > Electrical shortages or even get this. Oil shortage!!

    Proving nothing so much than Julio de la Yncera doesn’t understand the least thing about socialist ekonomix whatsoever. And I would be willing to bet that he understands precious little of the bourgeois capitalist variety either.

  • Danny September:

    In the great capitalist West, you are certainly right: Everyone is NOT equally poor! No indeed! Some are filthy rich — while many more times that number actually starve to death or suffer related calamity in their lives and families…

    Good thing for YOU that more crumbs fall off the table in your vicinity, than is the general case, eh..?

    Pfft.

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