Venezuela: Caracas residents head to vote in parliamentary elections amid opposition boycott
According to Secretary of State Pompeo, Maduro’s regime has managed to deceive only a few
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues statement condemning Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Venezuela.
“On December 6, the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela staged a political farce disguised as legislative elections. Fortunately, only a few were deceived. The United States, along with many other democracies around the world, condemns this spectacle for not meeting even the minimum standards of credibility. Maduro blatantly falsified these elections in his favor by illegally seizing the names of political parties and logos, manipulating the process by the loyalist election commission, violence, intimidation and other undemocratic methods, ”the Secretary of State said in a statement..
“Most independent political parties and civil society organizations in Venezuela and nearly 60 countries and organizations around the world, including the United States, the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group and the International Contact Group, reject these sham elections,” said Pompeo. “This farce was nothing more than an attempt to create a puppet National Assembly, subordinate only to Maduro, and at the same time destroy the only democratic institution in the country that really represents the Venezuelan people.”.
“The illegal Maduro regime systematically kills, tortures and imprisons its opponents, as the UN, Organization of American States and other independent observers talk about in their recent reports. Ahead of the rigged elections, the regime has also intensified its harassment of humanitarian workers and threatened food aid programs. Such a cruel and heartless regime is incapable of holding free and fair elections, ”the head of the State Department stressed..
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“The United States will continue to recognize interim President Guaido and a legitimate National Assembly,” Pompeo said, adding that the international community cannot allow Maduro to rig another election and calling on all democracies to condemn the December 6 elections and support the legitimate National Assembly and the interim president. … “Neither Maduro, nor the new, fraudulently elected National Assembly will represent the legitimate will of the Venezuelan people, which should be expressed through free and fair presidential elections,” summed up the head of the Foreign Ministry.
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