Kristallnacht in Venezuela

He had already announced his intentions. On April 9th, five days before the presidential election, Henrique Capriles Radonski stated: "I am not going to be the same as on October 7th, I will defend the votes." On the following day the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, presented on state television proof confirming the intentions of the Venezuelan right to contest the election results with the aim of mounting a coup d’état in Venezuela. On the evening of the election, despite a difference of 272,865 votes in favor of the socialist candidate, Nicolás Maduro, the right wing candidate refused to accept his defeat. All the international observers insisted on the transparency of the election. Vicente Díaz, one of the rectors of the National Electoral Council (CNE) openly allied with the opposition parties, affirmed that he did not have "any doubt about the election result" giving the victory to the successor of Hugo Chávez.


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