Yo! In case you missed it, Venezuela’s ruling party just lost…BIG time. Venezuelans cannot contain their excitement. A women-led coalition of Venezuelans wanted change and that is exactly what they got. Viva Venezuela!
For the first time in 16 years, Venezuelans finally told the United Social Party of Venezuela (PSUV) just what they thought of their leadership.
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For the first time since late President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999, the PSUV lost a National Assembly election…by a damn landslide. Current President Nicolas Maduro has said his party was simply after the revolution started by Chavez.
Last night, Venezuelans overwhelmingly voted to drastically change the course of their country.
Júbilo, esperanza, optimismo, cambio! Felicidades a los millones de venezolanos que votaron, y en especial a los testigos que defendieron los votos. Hace exactamente 17 ganó Hugo Chávez, cuánta lucha, cuánta resistencia y cuánta constancia para conquistar esta elección. Asumimos esta victoria con humildad, compromiso y responsabilidad! No podemos defraudar a todo un país. Como Alcalde pido a los nuevos diputados luchar por la descentralización y que nos devuelvan nuestras competencias originales. También, tengamos muy presentes a Leopoldo, Daniel, Antonio y estudiantes para su libertad y el regreso de los exiliados. A seguir trabajando! Ahora es cuando hay compromiso con el país. Gracias Venezuela! #AlcaldeSmolansky #EleccionesParlamentarias #6D #ElHatillo #Caracas #Miranda #Venezuela #Democracia #Libertad #Cambio #Unidad
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They basically voted to get rid of the socialist regime at the helm of a historically devastating economic downturn as the price of their main export, oil, continues to fall.
Why did so many Venezuelans vote to change the ruling party? The economy.
— Jacob Poushter (@japoushter) December 3, 2015
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According to the Wall Street Journal, three out of four Venezuelans now live in poverty. Shit is so bad there the government has stopped reporting on the economy and poverty statistics.
Basically, 76 percent of Venezuelans are living in poverty and they have had enough.
— Juan Forero (@WSJForero) December 3, 2015
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That’s the equivalent of 242.3 million Americans living in poverty. And their projected unemployment rate for next year is 18.1 percent.
Enter Lilian Tintori, a feisty and dedicated Venezuelan who became the face of the opposition.
Hope and democracy return to Venezuela thanks to this amazing woman, Lilian Tintori!
— Stephen (@TheAviator1992) December 7, 2015
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Tintori’s husband, Leopoldo Lopez, is a political prisoner in Venezuela for being a leader within the opposition party that now has control of the National Assembly.
Social media was flooded with support for the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) via purple dyed pinkies…seriously. #countrygoals
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An outstanding 74 percent of the 19 million eligible voters took to the polls and used their collective voice to demand the change they have been hoping for but not getting.
People are over the moon with the results with Venezuelans celebrating all over the country today in true Latino fashion.
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Like, seriously. Venezuela is showing NO chill about the victory.
??Con esa energía tan bonita nos despertamos hoy, con ese animo tan hermoso y esa felicidad que no sabemos expresar. Gracias a todos los que votaron, juntos y unidos hacemos la diferencia, dejando a un lado las revanchas y malentendidos podemos construir una Venezuela bonita y una Venezuela como antes, ya lo demostramos el #6D, ahora a seguirlo demostrando, por aquellos que estuvieron y hoy no están, por los que volverán, por los que vienen y por los que estamos‼️??????✈️⏰ #nuevocomienzo #venezuela #llegoelcambio #ladelamanito #libertad
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It’s like if fireworks erupted over Washington D.C. when the Democrats took the White House in 2008. All up in the current president’s face.
How big was the win? MUD won 99 of the 163 seats in the National Assembly. PSUV walked away with 46.
— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) December 7, 2015
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Before the elections, the PSUV had 99 seats in the National Assembly. They are still recounting votes for 22 of the seats.
Venezuelans have proven to their government that they want change and they are done standing still.
— ARMIÑO INVENCIBLE (@eucrosa) December 7, 2015
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And some are, of course, pointing out the losing party as being sore losers.
Venezuelans all over the world are rejoicing the news.
— Yoani Sanchez (@yoanifromcuba) December 7, 2015
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Venezuelans seeking democracy still know there is a long way to go.
— Alonso Lioneth (@AlonsoLioneth) December 7, 2015
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After all, it takes time to undo 16 years of the same thing.
— Kendall (@MagaSilvaR) December 7, 2015
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