Yesterday, Miranda state governor and leader of the Venezuelan democratic opposition, Henrique Capriles, accepted his candidacy for the presidential elections to be held on next April 14, despite all odds of achieving victory.
It should not be easy to stand before elections when one believes that the rules were doctored and that the loss could be devastating. However, the Bureau of Democratic Unity (MUD for its Spanish acronym), formed by several political groups, unanimously decided to provide leadership to the man who came closest of defeating Hugo Chavez.
While it is true that in the past Venezuelan elections he lost under a wide margin, Capriles has been the candidate who has the best record in the history of the opposition with 6.5 million votes, ie 44.39% of the electoral roll against the 55.5% of Chavez.
Still, the candidate does not have much advantage due to the Venezuelan people’s emotional vote generated by public channels, which are the vast majority and for five consecutive days have dedicated their programming spaces to highlight a sanctification of Chavez, along with “his sincerity, his loyalty to the people, his spirit and sense of humor “, which could be seen as an early campaign.
In the midst of injustice and abuse of power and public funds, Henrique Capriles must play his cards well if he wants to get a chance, because it is a fact that he faces a Venezuela that shouts: “With Chavez and Maduro we are secure” or “Chavez lives, the struggle continues.“