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Ottoabasi Abasiekong: Politics And State (13)

By on October 16, 2012

The much expected Venezuelan Presidential Elections has come and gone returning the vigorous incumbent Leader Hugo  Chavez back to power for another term of 6 years. He defeated the energetic and promising Henriques Capriles Pradonski who showed composure and determination a sign that something is in the offing for the future political scenario of the latin American nation.
A closely contested election the conceding speech of Mr Capriles showed that elections in this country has improved and the underrated opposition has become more strategic and the Chavez administration will have to brace up because the young people are about to launch a new dimension and tactical approach to the socio-political structure of the country.
In his victory speech Mr Chavez spoke of a time to galvanize and woo all opposition parties to join the  progressive nation-building  process, but the fact remains how sincere is the Chavez government in leading a broad-based political leadership? Knowing that it has always been a one-way socialist programme.

His plan to drive a socialist programme could be suspect and deepening for the nation, because inflation is currently a relative higher than expected, with a slowdown   in economic growth  a global phenomenon the  generation nexters are asking for a more dynamic approach to leadership and the days ahead would reveal if the Socialist henchman is really man of the moment for Venezuela.
Israeli Prime Minister Mr Benjamin Netanyahu has called for early elections not impressed with his coalition government efforts, which he believes are slow in setting the pace for the approval of the 2013 budget.

This is one man that has been at the centre stage of debates and talks about the middleast and the growing tension between Israel and Iran believes the time that Israeli governance should be progressive not retrogressive in policies and key issues like Budget Implementation,  part of the reason why the process is slow is the impasse between the premier and the United Torah Judaism leader Ya’acov Litzman.

What is the bone of contention? The Lowering of  Child welfare benefits by the Likud Party Netanyahu Administration did not go down well with other party leaders in the coalition, which he described as unfortunate and detrimental to the economic, security and sustainable development of the Holy Land.

It is a test of the strength and  wits of the Netanyahu Government just like other leaders who are reviewing their programmes and considering cuts in sectors that could be leakpoints to the cost of governance the coalition leaders may be singing discordant tunes on this approach.

Hopefully if the elections comes up between January or  February Prime Minister Netanyahu like some of his counterparts across the globe will have to reassure the Jewish people that his political economic and budget cuts plan is in the best interest of the citizens.
In the United States of America it is getting more dramatic than ever as we watch the days ahead of the Presidential elections unfold the content and potentials of the incumbent and   intending  leader  of the Nation.

Since the First Presidential debate the incumbent seems to be more relaxed buoyed by the Jobs report of September of an improvement in the unemployment episode in the country, believed to have reduced to 7.8 percent. This figure and statistics is being disputed by former CEO of General Electric Mr Jack Welch, he believes that the Chicago boys have manipulated the data to favour an Obama re-election.

That is another episode to watch and  some analysts would be fuming at the assertions of Mr Welch,  but despite the furore the firm stance of this great man must be viewed critically because statements like that could  either taint his  longstanding reputation or  make  nonsense of the Jobs report data if proven to be true.

The 12th October U.S Vice-Presidential debate between Vice President Mr Joe Biden and Republican Congressman Mr Paul Ryan at the University of Kentucky was another key moment for  American voters to assess the possibility of retaining or bringing on board a new Vice- President.

Congressman Paul Ryan was  sound, vast and articulate in his  understanding of the American issues especially domestic and Foreign  policy, but Vice-president Joe Biden was composed, detailed and assertive on why the Democrats should retain office,  he had to because his boss did not do well in the first debate.
At the end of the debate the CNN polls believed Paul Ryan won the debate, while the CBS poll believed Joe Biden won. Whatever  is the case one thing is true, with an electrifying performance by both candidates , the second Presidential debate should be more exciting and captivating as President Obama will want to redeem his first dismal performance, while Governor Romney will want to prove himself more convincing to the Americans.
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