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The Castros ordered their Venezuelan puppets to ignore the election results

madurogritonThe Castro brothers are the ones who control Venezuela’s puppet regime and they will not recognize the results of the December 5th election because they do not believe in obeying the will of the people.

Court threat to Venezuela opposition’s super-majority


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s party has filed a legal challenge against the election of eight opposition lawmakers, threatening the two-thirds majority it won in landmark polls this month, the high court said Tuesday.

The opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), accused the leftist ruling party of violating “the people’s will” after the December 6 legislative polls, in which MUD won control of the National Assembly for the first time in 16 years.

The opposition won 112 of 167 seats in the elections, a dramatic blow to Maduro and the “revolution” launched in 1999 by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.

If the court challenge is successful, it could reduce that number to 104, which is shy of a two-thirds majority.

The super-majority gives MUD the power to put legislation to a referendum, remove officials from office, call an assembly to draft a new constitution and possibly seek to force Maduro from power before the end of his term in 2019.

The case will be decided by the Supreme Court of Justice.

Last week Maduro’s party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, used an extraordinary session in the final days of its legislative majority to name 13 new judges and 21 substitute judges to the 32-member court.

The opposition, which boycotted the session, condemned the move.

MUD had last week accused the ruling party of filing a court challenge against the election of 22 of its incoming lawmakers, calling the move an “attempted judicial coup.”

The high court denied it had received such a case.

But Tuesday’s challenge shows the opposition’s super-majority is in fact under threat.

Analysts warn of a tough political struggle ahead for the oil-rich but deeply troubled nation, which is mired in recession and facing a potentially chaotic period of divided government.


“In Cuba, We Haven’t Voted for a President in 60 Years”



Cuban Dissident Reflects on Argentina’s Historic Election

Mario Félix Lleonart Barroso is a Cuban dissident, activist, and blogger, not to mention a Baptist preacher. The Cuban pastor spent 20 days in Argentina as a guest of the Liberty Foundation, observing the presidential campaign and elections that took place on November 22.

The Baptist preacher expects that Cuban police authorities will be awaiting his arrival at airport (Alina Tamayo)

The Baptist preacher expects that Cuban police will be awaiting his arrival at airport. (Alina Tamayo)

It was the first time that Barroso, age 40, witnessed a presidential election.

Excited by the day’s events, Barroso wrote on his blog: “If the flitting of a butterfly in Hong Kong can cause a storm in New York, what kind of impact will Argentina’s elections have on Venezuela on December 6 and on Cuba the following year?”

The PanAm Post recently sat down with the Cuban activist in a café in Buenos Aires to talk about his experience as an election observer.

What does it mean for you to come to a country where a presidential debate is taking place?

Imagine this: I came to Argentina for an internship. The folks at Liberty Foundation who invited me spent months organizing the trip. I have a lot of important responsibilities in Cuba, however the timing (of the internship) worked out great and I was able to participate at the end of the year.

Yet, what nobody planned was that I would land on November 15, just as the first presidential debate in the history of Argentina was taking place.

I’ll be frank with you and admit my ignorance. I didn’t know the debate was happening in Argentina — that shows how isolated we are in Cuba. I found out about the debate listening to it on the radio during my taxi ride from the airport. That gave me perspective. The story captivated me.

I arrived at my hotel room, and the debate just ended. I couldn’t sleep. I waited until 1 a.m. to watch the repeat of the debate, despite being exhausted from my flight. And from that moment, I haven’t stopped.

On election day, the following Sunday (November 22), I was able to get involved on the ground in Rosario, thanks to one of the officials for the Let’s Change coalition (of president-elect Mauricio Macri). I went to various schools to see how the elections were transpiring. The official managed to get me into one of the rooms where they counted the votes. It was so emotional for me that I tweeted what I saw.
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