In March, we reported that Chavismo was out to take control of two of its former political allies - Patria para Todos (PPT) and PODEMOS - that have turned their backs on the revolution and joined the opposition. Today the Supreme Court did exactly that.
In formally unrelated (but, c’mon!) decisions, TSJ gave control of both parties to their rump chavista factions (PPT-Maneiro and former Aragua governor Didalco Bolívar, respectively).
The timing was perfect, as the official registration period for October’s presidential election is due to close on Monday next week. The goal, of course, is to keep them from using their party cards on the October ballot to support Henrique Capriles.
In one decision, the Electoral Chamber of the TSJ voided PPT’s internal elections and named a temporary head for the party. The ruling also ordered the party to hold new elections to pick party leaders within the next 90 days. The way the timing works out, that makes it impossible for PPT to back Henrique Capriles on the October ballot.
Hours later, the Constitutional Chamber accepted Didalco Bolívar’s claim that he and not Ismael Garcia is the leader of PODEMOS. The decision bars PODEMOS from endorsing Capriles as well and giving Bolívar full control of the party, including its headquarters in Caracas, which have often been used by the MUD in recent times.
That was not a mere coincidence or a matter of chance. Si no ganan, arrebatan!
PPT and PODEMOS were key parts of Henrique Capriles’ coalition in the primaries. By snatching both parties’ names and colors, Chavismo is out to enmasculate them, and the leftie street-cred they contributed to Capriles. With both parties probably out of the game now, Lara governor Henri Falcon rushed to set up a new party, Avanzada Progresista, which was approved by the CNE just days ago.
The decision showcases just how far Hugo Chavez is willing to go to punish those he sees as traitors.
[Hat Tip: CACR]