Caracas, April 14, 2023 (Presidential Press Office) – In recent history, April 14, 2013, marked the course of the nation towards the construction of the 21st Century Socialism, initiated by the Eternal Commander Hugo Chavez, when through the vote, the people elected Nicolas Maduro as President of the Republic.
Just five days later, “Chavez’s son” was sworn in before the Parliament and started a government oriented to deepen the social achievements for the sectors in need as a flag of the Bolivarian Revolution.
Ten years after this historic event, the Head of State’s political will to continue building the socialist Homeland and to protect the more than 30 million Venezuelan men and women who have endured the vile imperialist blockade imposed by the White House to dismantle the model of social inclusion, embodied in the Plan of the Homeland 2019-2025, continues ratified.
On Monday, April 15, 2013, shortly before midnight, the President of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, announced that after a massive turnout on election day, the Venezuelan people had chosen the socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro as President for the period 2013-2019.
The standard bearer of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) achieved victory with 7,505,338 of the votes counted, which represented, by that time, 50.66 percent of the total electoral roll.
“Today, we can say that we have a fair, legal, constitutional, popular electoral triumph. Tomorrow Monday 15 (April), life and work continue, and now with more determination and love for the giant (Hugo Chavez), the construction of the Plan for the Homeland enters a new phase of acceleration and development”, said Maduro after the triumph.
Since 2013, until today, the Revolution has continued its progress in the increase of social investment, the reduction of extreme poverty, the fight against inequality, the strengthening of democracy, and the guarantee of fundamental rights.
Among the achievements obtained during this decade, his administration built thousands of houses for the poorest. There was school enrollment for more than 10 million students at all levels attending school free of charge and with quality that may stand out. Likewise, more than 7 million families have now embraced the guarantee of food at subsidized prices, while the National Public Health System has saved millions of lives free of charge.
The Bolivarian Economic Agenda, with its 18 Engines, aims at energizing the productive apparatus. The Bolivarian Diplomacy of Peace is the spearhead to consolidate international relations with brother countries at the highest level.
In two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Venezuela raised the banners of the guarantee of life as a premise in the face of the scourge that struck Latin America and the world.
The rebirth of Communal Power, the coordination between the Public Power and the rest of the Powers, as well as the permanent dialogue with all sectors of the country, have been part of the victorious management of President Nicolas Maduro to maintain the stability and political peace of the country, as well as to move the country forward amid the difficulties caused by the multiform war.
In context, previously, on March 8, 2013, a few days after the physical disappearance of Commander Hugo Chávez, Nicolas Maduro officially took office as President in charge of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in compliance with Article 233 of the National Constitution referring to absolute absences.
Regarding this commitment, during his speech, the President announced his first government action was to request the National Electoral Council (CNE) to call for presidential elections immediately, under the provisions of the article of the Constitution.
“When there is an absolute lack of the elected President or elected President before taking office, a new universal, direct and secret election shall be held within the following thirty consecutive days,” states the highest Venezuelan legislation.
At that time, the swearing-in was in charge of the President of the National Assembly (AN), Diosdado Cabello. Maduro pointed out that he would comply with the Constitution hand in hand with the free people.
“I swear on behalf of the historical memory of Simon Bolivar, of Ezequiel Zamora and his unarmed army, I swear on behalf of our children, of the soldiers of the Homeland, of the workers, of the peasants, I swear on behalf of my absolute loyalty to Commander Hugo Chavez that we will comply and we will enforce this Bolivarian Constitution with the strong hand of a people willing to be free, I swear it!”, Maduro said before the Parliament.
Governing against all odds
Taking into account what happened later on, the electoral triumph was probably one of the easiest things for Maduro, who, after having assumed the highest position of the national executive, has had to face almost daily countless attacks from the ultra-right, not only against him but also against the socialist process.
After Chavez’s physical departure, the ultra-right felt strengthened and was confident that they would return to power, but did not count on the revolutionary conviction of the Venezuelan people. However, after an intense and unprecedented campaign that only led to another defeat of the opposition, frustration was exacerbated, and several anti-democratic ways were planned to overthrow the legitimate Government.
The President has denounced on several occasions that the Venezuelan opposition bourgeoisie is allied with the international ultra-right wing and even with terrorists residing in the United States (U.S.A.) No government spokesperson denies the harsh consequences of each coup attempt, but neither do they give up in their struggle.
Facing the current situation, Venezuela remains undefeated under the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro, and with the irrefutable international support to the Bolivarian Revolution, manifested in integration organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the G77+ China, Petrocaribe and the Caribbean Community (Caricom), as well as other governments of the world and, in addition to other governments of the world; as well as other governments of the world and, most importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people who remain faithful to the legacy of Hugo Chavez and in defense of socialism.