The forces of reaction and imperialism must be defeated, says the Socialist Party in Zambia in its congratulatory message to Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro over his electoral victory to a second term in office.
In a letter to President Maduro, who the party referred to as Comandante, and which was co-signed by the Socialist Party general secretary, Cosmas Musumali and the party’s 2021 presidential candidate and deputy general secretary, Fred M’membe, the Socialist Party stated that itself and the struggling masses of the people of Zambia rejoice in the outcome of the Venezuelan election.
“Congratulations to you and the Bolivarian Revolution on the electoral victory,” the letter read. “The Socialist Party and the struggling masses of the people of Zambia rejoice in the outcome. We are confident that this process brings you and the progressive masses of Venezuela closer towards the revolutionary goals that you and comandante Hugo Chavez aspired to achieve.”
The Socialist Party stated further that the Venezuelan elections prove that President Maduro’s revolutionary patience and consistence were paying dividends.
“The forces of reaction and imperialism must be defeated,” the Marxist-Leninst leaning party stated in part. “It is a victory for the entire humanity against capitalism and imperialism. More work needs to be done and the Socialist Party in Zambia will join hands with other progressive Pan-Africanist forces to defend the Bolivarian revolution and victory at every stage. Your success is also our success. Long live the Bolivarian Revolution.”
Over the weekend Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was elected to a second term Sunday with 6.2 million votes, beating out his closest rival Henri Falcon, who garnered just 1.9 million votes.
Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the result shortly after 10pm Sunday evening, revealing that Maduro had won with 67.79 percent of all votes cast, ahead of opposition contenders Henri Falcon, Javier Bertucci, and Reinaldo Quijada, who won 21.01, 10.82, and 0.39 percent, respectively.
Despite a boycott by the main opposition parties of the right-wing Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) coalition, turnout was 46 percent, with 9,085,629 of Venezuela’s 20,527,571 registered voters casting ballots.
And he United States will not recognise the result of Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told journalists.
The United States is actively considering oil sanctions on Venezuela and Sullivan said a response to Sunday’s vote would be discussed at a G20 meeting in Buenos Aires on Monday.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was seeking a six-year term in a Sunday election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by foes as the “coronation” of a dictator. Results are expected by late evening.
“We need to make sure we adhere to our goal which is to target corrupt regime officials and not the people of Venezuela,” Sullivan said. “We don’t want to damage the country in a way that makes it difficult to repair after democracy is restored.”
He called oil sanctions “a very significant step.” “They are under active review,” he said.
And President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats in Caracas in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela’s widely-condemned election, accusing them of a ‘conspiracy’ that was denied by the State Department.
The European Union and most major Latin American nations have all said Sunday’s vote did not meet democratic standards.