This Sunday’s elections will pit incumbent President Hugo Chávez Frías against neoliberal pro-US opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. Opinion polls vary widely both ways, proof it will be a head-to-head race.
This election is not only of vital importance to Venezuela, but to all of Latin America, as Chávez has been a veritable barrier against traditional US interventionism in the region.
That’s been the rallying call in the mainstream Western media, demonizing Chávez’s refusal to align Venezuela to the Western powers’ geopolitical objectives throughout the world, something the US and its allies find very hard to swallow.
That’s why they’ve put all their clout behind young up-start Henrique Capriles Radonski, as if he were a savior of democracy in Venezuela.