South America – Venezuela Presidential Election 2012

October 9, 2012

By Padmini Arhant

The oil rich South American nation Venezuela headed to the polls and re-elected the incumbent President Hugo Chavez with an impressive margin in the international observer team hailed free and fair election on October 7, 2012.

President Hugo Chavez, the populist leader is set to begin his fourth term with six years in office after defeating the western backed candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski reportedly prepared to launch neo-liberal policy for unlimited access to national resources especially oil reserves in the country.

The Venezuelan President has long been isolated an adversary by the United States and western allies with coup d’états and assassination attempts from factions opposed to the Latin American leader’s protectionism of national endowments viz. oil, averting Iraq and Libya situation.

President Chavez pragmatic economic policy comprising 20% national budget allocation to address poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy utilizing oil revenues evidently alleviating social problems that otherwise burdens the economy depriving the nation with potential income through taxes and productivity.

Such investments with programs effectively implemented to deliver returns could not be characterized as social welfare for neglect would only exacerbate economic inequality widening the gap between rich and poor not to mention the unwanted expenditure related to crime within society and internal security.

Instead of increasing prison inmates, the community development geared towards skilled work force expansion would benefit the economy and nation.

Venezuela perhaps proceeding in that direction. Under President Chavez leadership free housing has been provided to the poor and lower income families with more on the way to meet the requirement.

Venezuelan education and health care to the vast majority appears to be well appreciated and reflected in the electoral outcome.

The political diversification and power distribution would further enhance Venezuela’s achievements and could be emulated in the region and worldwide.

Venezuelan electorate successfully thwarted incognito foreign intrusion to subvert efficient economic and political stability in Venezuela.

Venezuela remaining strong and formidable against persistent western threats reflects people power resilience behind governance.

Congratulations! To the people in Venezuela and President Hugo Chavez for the remarkable victory and political commitment in protecting national interest.

Best Wishes for continued peace, progress and prosperity in Venezuela and entire Latin America.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

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