Updated 07:33 PM EDT, Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Venezuela Elections 2015: Opposition Wins by Landslide Despite Rumors that President Maduro 'Rigged' The Results

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Fears of fraud in the Venezuelan legislative elections have been proven misplaced after President Nicolas Maduro readily accepted his landslide defeat on Sunday.

A report from the Associated Press posted in Yahoo News explained how Maduro surprised the entire population after he accepted his defeat without any fuss.

"President Nicolas Maduro proved critics wrong in their fear he would commit electoral fraud. He accepted a landslide defeat in legislative elections that he says should remove all doubt about the democratic nature of the 'Bolivarian revolution' begun by the late Hugo Chavez," the report explained.

This instance proves that the Venezuelan opposition's accusation that the country's dictatorship would do everything in their power to remain seated and in control of the country may not always be the case, says the Associated Press.

After the results were announced, Maduro immediately recognized that he lost and called for calm among his supporters.

However, he remained solid in his stance in preventing the encroaching capitalism to secure workers.

"Either we get out of this bottleneck by way of revolution or Venezuela is going to be submerged in a big conflict that will affect all of Latin America," he told dozens of supporters on Wednesday in a "popular assembly," solidifying his stance that he would not give up and is "going to fight."

With this statement in mind, a New York Times editorial reveals its belief that it is still too early for the opposition to celebrate its victory, as Venezuelan history has proven how authoritarians are able to cripple the democrats' power over the government, even before they take their oaths.

The article cited some "unsettling precedents," including one that involved Maduro's predecessor, President Hugo Chávez, who took power 17 years ago.

According to the outlet, Chávez's proposition on radical constitutional reform did not go through the legislative as well as he hoped, with a narrow 51-to-49 margin of votes.

Not one to accept defeat, the former Venezuelan president deemed the opposition's victory utterly "meaningless" and enacted every one of the reforms they rejected, which included an amendment that abolished term limits for the president.

Now, over 74 percent of the Venezuelan population voted in favor of the Democratic Unity coalition -- the opposing party -- that garnered 112 out of 167 seats in the National Assembly, lending it the highly coveted majority.

This made members of the opposition confident that the country is changing from its former weak state, with opposition leader, Henry Ramos, predicting that President Maduro not reaching the end of his term in 2019 because he would be removed by "constitutional means," he said in a previous New York Times report.

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