President Maduro Will Not Face a Referendum
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro can count himself lucky that he’ll be in office for quite some time.
Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz has broken the Dateas news that Maduro will not have to worry about a referendum forcing him out of power because there won’t be a referendum taking place this time. It was only two weeks ago that members of the opposition party including Jose Manuel Gonzalez handing out a petition that was signed by millions of people calling for a recall referendum against Maduro.
However, Isturiz said that the opposition acted too late to get a referendum going, as well as handling the process poorly and committing fraud in the process. On the other side of the issues, the opposition has hinted that a referendum would be a challenge to start because of the notion that the National Electoral Council was full of government loyalists who would not push for it.
In fact nearly three quarters of citizens have called for his removal. The economy has contracted by 5.7% in the last year, inflation is expanding and the price of oil has dropped significantly, worse since the country’s economy is based on oil. As a result, basic food and water services have been very scarce.