Here are some of the questions that Maduro, who was proclaimed president-elect in an "express" ceremony less than 24 hours after the election, has not yet answered:
If Maduro is so sure that he won by 51.6 percent to 49 percent of the vote, as the supposedly neutral
If the election results were crystal clear, why did the CNE hold a snap proclamation ceremony to install Maduro the day after the election, instead of waiting until the previously planned proclamation day on Thursday?
If CNE head
If Capriles' assertion that there were more than 3,200 documented cases of voting violations on
If Capriles' claims that
If Maduro is a democrat, why did he prohibit the opposition's legitimate right to have a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday? Why is the government now threatening to arrest Capriles and other opposition leaders? And why did Maduro demand on Tuesday that Venevision and Televen, among the last remaining non-government-run television networks, should "define which side they are on"?
If the electoral process was fair, why didn't Maduro allow international election observers from the
Maduro and Lucena, defending the official results, have argued that their critics in the international community are unfair, because they didn't object when Mexican President
But their arguments are misleading, because
In addition, Calderon had allowed international observers from the
The comparison with Bush's election is equally misleading, because it was subjected to a recount of disputed ballots in
"We are in the final phase of a civilian-military coup," opposition politician
My opinion: Maduro may or may not have won the election, but his refusal to allow a total recount of the vote casts a big shadow over his legitimacy.
He not only proved to be a wooden candidate who nearly lost - or lost - an election despite near total control of the media and massive state resources in his favor, but has raised even greater questions by holding an "express" installation ceremony, and by clamping down on the opposition's right to peacefully demand a vote recount.
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