"(K.R.) Well, it's pretty much game-over for democracy in Venezuela this week. Opposition parties had collected enough support to force a referendum to recall unpopular authoritarian president Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chavez's successor since the socialist president died in 2013. The recall was widely expected to succeed, and opposition parties were also expected to take most of Venezuela’s governorships and mayoral seats in elections later this year, ending Venezuela's disastrous 14 year socialist nightmare.
Instead, courts, having been packed with Chavistas, this week unexpectedly postponed elections until next year and outright cancelled the referendum, claiming it was fraudulent. The move all but ensures that Maduro will finish out his term through 2019, and likely refuse to cede power at that time.
It appears yet another country has succumbed to socialism's historically dependable incitement of dictatorship.