Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s heir, has been sworn in as President of Venezuela in a rush with the support of many Central and South American Countries, Cuba an Iran, among other representations present in the ceremony. Mr. Maduro is the President of a very divided Nation, because he won with a very tight margin (less than 300.000 votes according with the official election officials) and just hours before the ceremony, election officials agreed to carry out a recount of the 100% of the vote as the opposition who doesn’t recognize the victory of the yet sworn President, was asking for.
So, Mr. Maduro showed to his opponents with the ceremony that he is backed up by many neighboring countries with the presence in the ceremony of the head of States like Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, along with leaders of Chavez-era allies such as Bolivia, Uruguay and Nicaragua. Also attended the ceremony two allies of Mr. Chávez’s: Presidents Raúl Castro of Cuba and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. And Countries like China, Russia or Spain sent delegations.
After this, it’s very difficult to overturn a fact so publicly staged and internationally supported with or without recount, and the opposition must realize it.
But the future of Venezuela is not going to be easy with the Country divided in two parts almost equal one to each other, according to the outcome of the polls no matter the recount says. After the first days of violence and mutual accusations about the responsibility of the seven dead in the confrontations, it seems that Henrique Capriles’ calls to calm dawn to the angry protesters and the threats of the president-elect to “radicalize the revolution” if not, have been successful for now.
For the new President, a huge challenge in his hands with such division. He can be the President of half the Nation and going on “radicalizing the revolution”, or try to be the President of the whole Nation, offering an olive branch to their opponents, as he said in his speech today, something very difficult, after comparing the leaders of almost half of the population with the nazis.
- Chavez’s successor sworn in (edition.cnn.com)