Venezuela’s December election was an historic moment. After exactly 17 years of dominating the country’s institutions and politics, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) — founded by the late President Hugo Chavez — was defeated at the polls.
The party, and its Chavista allies, was beaten in the congressional election of December 6 by the opposition coalition, which now has enough seats in the National Assembly to challenge President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s successor.
Indeed, Ramos Allup, the assembly’s newly elected speaker, declared on January 5 that there would be a change of government within six months. Under Venezuela’s constitution, the president can be removed with a recall referendum.
Other lawmakers have said that they would push for the release of political prisoners jailed under Maduro’s government.
Yet the president remains defiant, responding: “Let them call a recall referendum and then the people will decide.” Maduro has also said that he would veto any prisoner amnesty law.
In this extra scene from ‘The Fall of Chavismo in Venezuela,’ VICE News meets a young Chavista activist, who fears that the opposition’s victory will mean an end to the social programs that have benefited society’s poorest during 17 years of PSUV government.
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