Venezuela: Opposition Wins Legislative Elections, Maduro Admits Defeat


Venezuela’s opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), won the legislative vote, obtaining a majority in parliament for the first time in 16 years, announced the electoral commission chairwoman Tibisay Lucena. President Nicolas Maduro recognized defeat.

MUD won 99 seats in the national assembly, to 46 for Maduro’s socialist party. With the count almost complete, 22 seats still need to be attributed.

If the trend is confirmed with the remaining seats, the opposition could reach two thirds of parliament. A result that will mark changes, allowing the opposition to define the judges of the electoral tribunal, impose reforms and amend the Constitution.

A declared objective will be to hold a recall referendum for the revocation of Maduro’s mandate.


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