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How democracy has been given a chance in Venezuela

Although it didn’t receive as much attention on the part of Americans as it should have given its portent of positive change in our hemisphere, Venezuela recently held parliamentary elections that potentially marked the beginning of the end of the political dominance of the late Hugo Chavez’ socialist party, the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuala (PSUV), with the democratic opposition winning a super majority which would enable it to begin for the first time to effectively counter the government of Nicolas Maduro, the bus driver who became Hugo Chavez’ hand-picked heir. The Venezuelan election came on the heels of the late November election in Argentina, which saw the left-leaning Argentine president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, replaced with the center-right Mauricio Macri, who has become the first democratically elected non-radical and non-Peronist Argentine President since 1916. There is a sense that a new birth of freedom, not to mention hopefully more competent economic management, is blowing across South America. In the case of Venezuela, the fight for freedom appears to be just getting started.

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