This Tuesday, November 30, Argenis Chávez announced his resignation as governor of the state of Barinas. Chávez made the decision to comply with the two complex judgments made by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) this week related to the counting of votes and a second election that will take place in the eastern Venezuelan state. The resignation was issued despite the fact that the TSJ statements did not mention anything regarding Chávez’s position being in question.
In addition, Chávez resigned from his candidacy for re-election for the new elections that will be held in the state on January 9, 2022, while announcing that the secretary general of the government, Jesús Monsalve, will assume the position of governor.
Ante la decisión del TSJ de celebrar nuevos comicios en el estado Barinas por la inhabilitación de Freddy Superlano, Argenis Chávez renuncia a su cargo e informa que directiva del PSUV nombrará nuevo candidato por el GPP para esa gobernación pic.twitter.com/yZr1B6F33U
— Julio Riobó VTV (@JRioboVTV) November 30, 2021
Chávez thanked the people of Barinas for their participation in the elections on November 21.
#EnVideo📹| Argenis Chávez renuncia a su cargo como Gobernador del estado #Barinas e informa que presentará el documento este #30Nov ante la instancia respectiva y añade que no participará como candidato para las elecciones del #09Ene. #NuevasEleccionesEnBarinas pic.twitter.com/5XFdiKzqFA
— VTV CANAL 8 (@VTVcanal8) November 30, 2021
Chávez also indicated that he will leave the national leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to decide who will be the candidate for Chavismo for the election’s second round.
This new electoral process will be carried out according to the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) chaired by Magistrate Maikel Moreno in its electoral chamber. The ruling has created tensions and debates, not only among anti-Chavistas but also among important Chavista groups that do not see the necessity of calling for a rerun election when the CNE —according to the TSJ ruling itself—already projected opposition candidate Freddy Superlano (MUD) to be the winner.
Featured image: PSUV governor Argenis Chávez in a press conference announcing his resignation following a messy electoral situation in the state. Photo by Impacto Venezuela.
(Alba Ciudad) with Orinoco Tribune content
Translation: Orinoco Tribune