The attacks on the Venezuelan government and attempts by the US and other countries to legitimise self-appointed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido have continued as US motivations have become explicit, with open talk among Trump-friendly commentators of US control of Venezuelan oil reserves, which are the largest in the world.
The attempts rest, at least for PR purposes, on the supposed rigging of last May’s presidential election, won by Maduro. Media coverage of such claims has ignored the fact that Venezuela operates a world-leading election ballot system, which has been described as unriggable by election observers – and even by a Venezuelan journalist who set out to try to discredit election results in the country.
According to right-wing commentators, the election result was never valid. So news that Venezuelan opposition campaign chief Julio Cesar, as results came in, confirmed that the opposition would accept the result as legitimate would be inconvenient to the MSM’s narrative, to say the least.
And that news is fact – as this audio of Cesar’s response to a question from a UK journalist, who also served as an international observer during the ballot, shows:
Journalist Calvin Tucker, who can be heard posing the question, also testified to the security and tamper-proofing of the voting system – as did a Sinn Fein MP also in Venezuela as an observer. They were not alone:
International observers for the election came from 86 countries, and included two former presidents, the head of the South African electoral council, mayors from the US, politicians from all over the world, the ambassador for the African Union, the Caribbean electoral observer mission, judges, ambassadors, lawyers, and journalists.
As governments including the UK’s rush to recognise a self-appointed, right-wing president – whose violent faction just happens to favour giving increased access and control over Venezuela’s huge oil reserves to US and other foreign companies – public awareness in all these countries of the real situation surrounding is essential.
Venezuela’s electoral system is considerably more advanced, robust and rig-proof than the systems used elsewhere – including in the UK. The propaganda saying otherwise deserves to be exposed for the pantomime it is.
Whatever the faults of Venezuela’s president or ruling assembly, challenges to their democratic legitimacy do not stand up.
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