The US congratulated the Venezuelan opposition for its historic victory in Barinas, the birthplace of Hugo Chávez.


The US congratulated the Venezuelan opposition for its historic victory in Barinas, the birthplace of Hugo Chávez.

The Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, greeted Venezuelans for "defending democracy" after Sergio Garrido triumphed over the ruling Jorge Arreaza.

The US State Department congratulated Venezuelans on Monday for "defending democracy" after the opposition's victory in regional elections in the state of Barinas, the birthplace of former President Hugo Chávez, despite the "authoritarian tactics" of the ruling party.

This was indicated by the Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, in a message on his Twitter account when commenting on the elections this Sunday in that Venezuelan state.

" The disqualifications of opposition candidates, censorship in the media, intimidation of voters, and other authoritarian tactics could not subvert the will of the Venezuelan voters, " said Nichols.

We congratulate all Venezuelans who stood for democracy in yesterday's election in Barinas.

Disqualifications of opposition candidates, media censorship, voter intimidation, & other authoritarian tactics could not subvert the will of Venezuelan voters.

- Brian A. Nichols (@WHAAsstSecty) January 10, 2022

The Venezuelan opponent Sergio Garrido snatched the government of the Barinas state from the ruling party by winning the regional elections this Sunday, which were repeated by order of the Supreme Court, which annulled the results of the elections of November 21 in which he had already won, by a narrow margin, anti-Chavismo.

The opponent prevailed by a wide margin with 55% of the votes in his favor, compared to 41% obtained by the official Jorge Arreaza, according to data from the National Electoral Council (CNE).

"We congratulate all Venezuelans who defended democracy in yesterday's elections in Barinas, " said the US official.

Garrido faced Arreaza, former chancellor and former son-in-law of Chávez, in a state that, since 1998, was governed by direct relatives of the president of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013, turning Barinas into a fiefdom that seemed untouchable until just over a month and a half ago.

On November 21, the opposition candidate Freddy Superlano won, by a much lower margin than that obtained on Sunday - less than 1% -, the then official candidate, Argenis Chávez. But the Supreme Court alleged that the anti-Chavista appeared in the race despite being disqualified.

After repeating the elections, Superlano announced that his wife, Aurora Silva, would be the candidate. Still, the high court also announced her disqualification, as well as that of the second option -Julio César Reyes- for which Garrido was finally chosen. He had been elected as a councilor in local elections.

Last week, the United States Government affirmed that it continues to recognize former deputy Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela against the regime headed by Nicolás Maduro.