Once again, personal aspirations and political squabbles keep the Venezuelan opposition away from attending an election against Chavismo in unity. They will show it again the next November 21 in the regional and municipal elections with the candidacy of Caracas where at least nine opposition leaders aspired to conquer the Mayor’s Office of the Libertador municipality, in the hands of the Chavistas for more than 20 years. But the decision has been made and the candidate for Unity will finally be Tomás Guanipa from the Primero Justicia political party. Decision not shared by the political leader Antonio Ecarri (son of Guaidó’s ambassador in Spain) who will not back down in his application for
the Pencil Alliance.
In a statement to ABC, Ecarri said that the current political leaders of the opposition have “a high rejection”, according to the polls, because they are figures who are divorced from the reality of the city. His candidacy led polls such as Datanalisis until July, although the opposition’s announcement of launching a unique candidate it could have changed the scene. However, Ecarri has confidence in his candidacy and said that with the “independent coalition”, which groups parties that are not so representative for voters, he has an advantage because he does not have the rejection of Venezuelans.
However, this newspaper was able to learn from various sources of the Unit that with Guanipa’s return to Venezuela After more than two years in exile, the last as ambassador of the interim government in Colombia, there was consensus in the G4 (an alliance of the four main parties: Primero Justicia, Voluntad Popular, Acción Democrática and Un Nuevo Tiempo) that he had to to be the candidate because “he is the one who generates the most confidence in the democratic sector” and “he is the best known politician among all the candidates.” Those two statements had weight to name Tomás Guanipa as the one elected in front of other political leaders with considerably more political activity in the 22 parishes that make up the Libertador municipality than the former opposition deputy.
The same sources assure this newspaper that after an internal plenary session of Primero Justicia of more than 80 leaders, by majority the candidacy of Guanipa was decided. What made leaders like the young man Roberto Patiño and Jesús Armas They will withdraw their applications and express their support for Guanipa, who leads the surveys carried out by Consultores 21 and More Consulting.
They do not meet requirements
Guanipa will fight on November 21 with the standard-bearer of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Psuv), Carmen Meléndez, who has him assured with 30% of the voting intention, according to some polls, and with Antonio Ecarri.
But both Guanipa and Meléndez are skipping an important requirement of the Organic Law of Electoral Processes, since article 118 of the statute indicates that candidates for Mayor of Caracas must have resided in the municipality for the last 3 years prior to the election. The journalist and expert in the electoral source, Eugenio MartinezHe pointed out through his Twitter account that these two candidates “evidently” do not meet this requirement and that the National Electoral Council will ignore it.
The political forces of the South American country take into account that the Mayor’s Office of Caracas is a very important piece on the country’s political board because it is considered the second most important position. For both Chavismo and the opposition, winning this position is a starting point to legitimize their political figures and their organizations.
The bad streak of Chavismo
Caracas began to suffer the ravages of the political, economic and social crisis, long after the other 23 states of the country that have suffered in the last 10 years the fuel shortage, electricity, gas, water, and food. The mismanagement of the Chavista mayors who have paraded in the headquarters of the Metropolitan Mayor’s Office of Caracas has similarly generated a rejection in the inhabitants of the city who question that the current Chavista candidate helps to repair the damage.
Chavismo, in the mood to torpedo the functions of the opponent Antonio Ledezma (elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2013) created a kind of protectorate to overshadow the mayor. Hugo ChavezThrough a presidential decree, he created the Head of Government of the Capital District so that his chosen one could administer the resources and competences, and was also the highest authority of the city.
But neither the protectorate nor the mayors of Maduro have improved the conditions of Caracas. Last month, the chavista Erika Farias She resigned from her position as mayor after being under investigation for alleged misappropriation of funds in her management (2017-2021), her resignation occurred last month amid the accusations and after not being taken into account by the bases of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela in the primaries of August 8. Its predecessor, Jorge RodriguezHe also left the Caracas Mayor’s Office without pain or glory, and with a wave of rejection for having left the city “sunk” in the trash.
Now, the Chavista candidate is an acclaimed soldier within the Chavista ranks. It belongs to the close circle of Nicolas Maduro and has held positions as Minister for Defense (2013) and Governor of Lara state. Until last month he headed the Interior Ministry, a position he left to prepare for the November elections.