If the electoral defeat was bad on October 15, the sad spectacle of some important leaders of the Opposition ever since has been even worse. The good sense, moderation and understanding have vanished from its behavior. The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) is dying and, apparently, has no chance of survival.
We learned from José Ignacio Guédez, Secretary-General of opposition party Causa R, that the members of the opposition coalition have not held any meeting since the regional elections on October 15. They have been unable to sit around a table to analyze and discuss what happened that day.
They have been unable to tell each other the truths that need to be told in private, hold intense discussions of any kind and, after all this, decide if they are still together or not.
Guédez had to resign as Secretary of the National Assembly (aka the Parliament) to show the country what was happening and try to change it, but the events on Monday tell us that he failed in his attempt.
And things went from bad to worse with a decision of the governors-elect from the Acción Democrática (Democratic Action) opposition party to be sworn in before the National Constituent Assembly (ANC).
This decision contradicts everything that had been told to voters since Nicolás Maduro announced convening the ANC. It contradicts what was said days before the elections and what the own governors-elect claimed after their triumph. We believe that policy consistency is something quite vital.
There are those who argue that being sworn in before the ANC canceled the electoral and democratic path to confront the government of Maduro. That those who participated in the elections knew they had to fulfill such a requirement. That the MUD reckoned that its victory would be so overwhelming that the Government could not force its winning candidates to be sworn in before the ANC, but it was caught off-guard by the outcome.
This may be so, but it should have spoken clearly to the Venezuelan people.
There was a lack of political leadership.
The thing is that after being sworn into office, there were those who decided to go against the ones who until recently had been their fellow party members.
Bad decision. The situation of the country demands much more responsible behaviors from their leaders than those seen over the past few days – or, to be more precise, since December 2015.
We are before the most corrupt government in Venezuelan history and, for the record, we had to face stiff competition to make it on top of that list. The Maduro administration is one of the worst that the country has ever had to cope with in its entire independent life. It is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the population. That has not changed.
In spite of the electoral defeat on October 15, there is still a great opportunity to get out of this mess through civilized ways.
That means to bring all the Opposition together for talks in order to trace a path for everyone to follow.
This also means to sit down with the government of Maduro for talks, without shame, and achieve balanced electoral conditions. That all irregularities that took place on October 15 will not be repeated. We hope that the leaders of Venezuela’s opposition parties help recover the much-needed good sense, moderation and understanding.
If a broad unity is not achieved within the MUD – even broader than before –, the future of the country will lie in the hands of Maduro and his people. It will be condemning Venezuela to have no future at all.