(CNN Español) – Sergio Garrido, a politician from the opposition Table Democratic Unity party, succeeded in becoming governor of Barinas, a Chavista stronghold since 1998. After the elections in which he defeated former Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Garrido is now the elected governor of that entity.
With 55.36% of the vote in favor, Garrido, leader of the opposition from Barinas, won the election Against the official candidate, Arreaza, who received 41.27% of the vote on January 9.
After learning of his victory, Garrido thanked his followers by raising the flag of Barinas.
Earlier in the festive atmosphere was the leadership of the campaign of Sergio Garrido, where the current ruler thanked his followers by raising the flag of Barinas. pic.twitter.com/QBFMyLn5FI
– Osmary Hernandez (@osmarycnn) January 10 2022
Garrido, a 54-year-old veteran politician, was born in Barinas on November 2, 1967. From a young age, he was involved in political processes and joined the Democratic Action Party, according to the Venezuelan. Newspaper. the National In a profile shared by the candidate’s party, which does not have an official page.
At the beginning of his career he served as a youth leader, as political secretary of the Sectoral Executive Committee, and in 2013 he was elected councilor of the municipality of Barinas. Later, between 2015 and 2016, he was the mayor of the Municipal Council of Barinas, according to the National.
In 2021 Garrido Selected to be the candidate For the post of governor of the Democratic Unity Table after a series of inability to other opposition leaders.
“This is more or less a fight against what is written in the Bible, which is the fight between David and Goliath,” Garrido told Reuters in an interview on Friday. “David they are the people of Barinas and they are Goliath. David in the end defeated Goliath and this people of Barinas will defeat Goliath who is there, which is the system.”
Rocio San Miguel, head of the Control Ciudadano observatory, told Reuters that Barinas is a strategic area because it straddles the border regions, where illegal Colombian armed groups are active, and the central provinces of Venezuela.
This is how Sergio Garrido came to this election
Garrido was elected as a candidate for opposition governor by the Democratic Party of Mesa de la Unidad in December 2021. This is after the electoral district of the Supreme Court of Justice for re-election To the Governor’s Office in Barinas after disqualifying both candidate Freddy Suberlano, who participated in the November 2021 elections and later Aurora Silva – Superlano’s wife – who has also been disqualified from running for Governor of Barinas.
Meanwhile, Garrido was chosen as the candidate for governor because on November 21 he was elected as a deputy before the legislature as the one most voted by the opposition.
“He is someone who is already recognized by the National Electoral Council, which has already been announced, who has already been in session … So it is also important to know if they can, and whether they have the insolence to also say to the world no, no, that is also disqualified.” “If so, what the dictatorship wants in practice is for us to ask them who they want our candidate to be,” Superlano . said, a former candidate for governor of Barinas, when Garrido’s candidacy was announced in December of last year.
campaign in a short time
Surprisingly, in a matter of days, Garrido had to prepare for a new campaign in which he aspired to the governor of his native state, representing the opposition coalition that brings together the main opposition parties.
And while he wasn’t the only opposition candidate in that competition—at least five opposition candidates participated, despite representing minority parties—on January 9, he was the winner of the elections in Barinas.
Barinas is a country in western Venezuela, considered the stronghold of Chavismo. In the regional elections on November 21, 2021, it was one of the contested areas, but the controversy made it a point of honor for the ruling party that sought to preserve power and a trophy for the opposition that hoped to certify the direction that the Superlano was. Request.
– With information from Osmary Hernández.