Is Nicolás Maduro a dictator? There are those who question it and also those who affirm it. What there is no doubt about is that it exercises an arbitrary, violent and incapable government to solve the economic and political crisis that Venezuela is facing.
Nicolás Maduro Moros has cultivated a very questionable political trajectory, from a moral and ethical perspective. There are few doubts about this today. Only the group closest to Maduro, for interests related to the exercise of governmental power or negotiations of economic order, or for fear of reprisals and loss of security and privileges, and a few others for emotional attachment or blind fervor, would dare to sustain the opposite.
Since he assumed the presidency of Venezuela in the first period (2013-2019), the level of popular approval of Maduro has fallen considerably. Barely a year later it stood at 24.5%, according to a study by the Venezuelan pollster Datanalisis, presented in October 2014. And in the most recent survey, submitted by the international firm Consulta Mitofsky in January 2019, the level of approval It is located at 15%.
Do not forget that Nicolás Maduro beat the opponent Henrique Capriles Radonsky in the electoral contest of April 14, 2013 by a minimum difference of 1.49%, which revealed that despite having been indicated as successor by the leader of the Bolivarian revolution , Hugo Chávez, Maduro did not have with him all the affection of the popular Chavista base. Even his attempt to capitalize on the fervor of Chávez’s supporters, with the use during the campaign of slogans that called to vote «Por amor a Chávez,» does not seem to have worked either. This accelerated loss of approval was one of the factors that motivated the preparation of the entire electoral stage of May 2019, where Maduro was re-elected for a second presidential term of six years.
The questioning and contestation of the May elections was immediate, both nationally and internationally. Although there were countries that recognized Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela for a second term, such as Russia, China, Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia, Turkey, the international organizations UN, OAS, the European Union, the Lima Group (with the exception of Mexico), the United States and Canada, among others, declared their second presidency illegitimate.
The truth is that Nicolás Maduro is unpopular. Despite the efforts of its propaganda machine, the Venezuelan crisis, exacerbated during his tenure as a result of the high level of government corruption, ineffective economic policy and repressive violence, has increased the rejection and the clamor for the resignation of Maduro, who Today they qualify as a Dictator. In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the walls speak of this.