Maduro's Party Sweeps Venezuelan Regional Elections
The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 20 out of 23 governorates.
The results of the Venezuelan municipal and local elections are in, with the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) scoring a major victory.
The PSUV, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s party, won 20 out of 23 governorates as well as the mayorship of the capital Caracas in the elections that were held on Sunday.
Maduro celebrated the landslide victory this morning by affirming his party's will to establish joint efforts with winners from the opposition: "We are going to work with dialogue, with understanding, we are going to work with goodwill, with good faith; I extend my hand to the elected governors of the opposition to meet, make joint plans."
On the other hand, the opposition, best described as divided, won the governorates of Cojedes, Nueva Esparta, and Zulia.
Al Mayadeen correspondent revealed that the Venezuelan elections were held under the supervision of more than 300 observers from more than 50 countries.
The head of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE), Pedro Calzadilla, revealed that the results reflect the data from 90.21% of the ballots which were cast by 8,151,793 citizens.
More than 70,000 candidates, 42 national political movements, and 60 regional parties participated in the Regional elections.
During a press conference on Sunday, Maduro called on international observers to respect the results of the local elections and the national legitimacy of Venezuela.
Moreover, local sources assured Al Mayadeen that "the electoral process is running smoothly," adding that all polling stations were opened on time without any problems.
Last week, the Venezuelan President has pointed out that the elections on the 21st of November underscore commitment to the national constitution and peace in the country.