Pompeo Tells Venezuela Opposition to Boycott Election

Venezuelan Opposition Split on Upcoming Election

The US usually waits until an election doesn’t go its way to condemn it, but in Venezuela, the US is getting out of front of the December vote, condemning the vote and demanding that the opposition not take part.

This demand is splitting the opposition, however, with top figure Heneique Capriles calling for the opposition to compete and ensure a high turnout. Capriles has been the opposition candidate for president twice.

The US doesn’t see the value in another vote, because after Maduro won the last vote the US just declared regime change and demanded the world recognize the opposition as the de facto government.

Capriles faulted this too, saying its time for the opposition to stop “playing government on the Internet” and focus on trying to become a government through elections. Some who are pessimistic about the vote are still looking at the US to install them, but others are keen for a vote to give them legitimacy in a way that the US can’t.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.