[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.
It has been quite a hectic few weeks on the legal and political scene and some days I hardly had time to digest it all. I have not had time to thank all the commentators on this Blog who have kept up quite a lively, sometimes very robust and often informative and interesting debate going here. So, thanks! You keep me on my toes and make me think and reflect about my own views. Now if we can only get Mr Malema to reflect on his.BACK TO TOP