CARACAS.—We come with our morals, our ethics, to recognize these adverse results. We accept them, the constitution and democracy have triumphed, Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, stated this Sunday night, having received the results of the parliamentary elections, announced by the President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena.
Speaking from the Ayacucho Hall, the President noted that there were future victories set to come for the Bolivarian Revolution.
The opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), won 99 of the 167 parliamentary seats being contested this Sunday, December 6, with the results from seven states of the country yet to be announced. Opposition forces now hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly set to govern Venezuela for the next five years.
The elections, which saw the participation of 74.25% of registered voters, saw the Chavista alliance, the Great Patriotic Pole, secure 46 seats in the legislative body.
Maduro noted the heroic efforts undertaken across the country given the context of an economic war. He emphasized that “our recognition of the results was always guaranteed and we always knew we were swimming against the tide, we did not shy away and here we are facing up to it.”
The President also stressed that the Bolivarian Revolution has always acted honestly.
”We lost a battle, but the struggle for socialism and a new society begins now,” he said.
Sunday was highlighted by the peaceful climate within which voting took place throughout the country, including the 23 municipalities on the border with Colombia, currently under a state of exception.
The new National Assembly will begin governing in January 2016 and according to statements by President Nicolás Maduro, the strengthening of a productive economy and the continuity of policies of social benefit will be prioritized as points for dialogue between the executive and the newly elected legislature.