The respected British publication, The Economist, continues to express concern about the instability within Venezuela and the poor performance of Maduro. Maduro, they say, “won the recent election by less than 2%, and then only after flagrantly breaking electoral rules. The result demonstrates that, without Chávez at the helm, chavismo, a noxious cocktail of populism, incompetence and repression, is a far less potent force. That is the good news. The bad news is that Venezuela’s already polarised society is now split divided and angry. Food shortages are worsening and inflation is nearing 30%”.
“Diosdado Cabello, the speaker of the Assembly and a former army lieutenant, is seen as Maduro’s main rival within the chavista movement. Many on the radical, civilian left view him as a dictator-in-waiting. Some fear that Mr Cabello is trying to engineer violence that would leave him holding the whip hand. Mr Maduro appears to have little room for manoeuvre. In contrast to Mr Chávez’s one-man show, government decisions are taken by a shadowy junta known as the “political-military command”. It was Cabello who tried to silence opposition members of parliament for refusing to recognise Maduro as President. He seems also to be the main military element of the unaccountable and undemocratic decision making process.
Venezuela is becoming a country in crisis which could soon see violence on the streets. People will not stay hungry for much longer without making their anger felt. Chavismo is showing us that it is nothing more than ideological necrophilia and the bills are starting to fall due.
The Bolivarian Republic has become a Banana Republic.