Crisis in Venezuela: the opposition lost because they were divided

The Venezuelan opposition suffered a stinging defeat in regional elections on Sunday, unable to beat the PSUV (Unified Socialist Part of Venezuela) candidates of President Nicolas Maduro. In power since 2013, the latter is however weakened by an unprecedented economic crisis which has caused the per capita GDP of this oil-producing country to drop to that of Haiti.

The power has won 20 of 23 governor positions and mayor of Caracas, according to provisional results, although the opposition broke Sunday with its boycott strategy (presidential 2018, legislative 2020). But its division was one of the main causes of its rout. “The division and the lack of recognition of some new leaders were the cause of the defeats “, says academic Pedro Benitez.

Split into two opposing blocks