The EU temporarily withdraws sanctions on the president of the National Electoral Council and 3 other former officials

The EU temporarily withdraws sanctions on the president of the National Electoral Council and 3 other former officials
The EU temporarily withdraws sanctions on the president of the National Electoral Council and 3 other former officials

(CNN) — The European (EU) agreed, as a temporary measure, to lift sanctions against the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela, Elvis Amoroso, and three other former officials, the diplomatic representation of the multilateral organization based in Venezuela confirmed to CNN this Monday. Caracas.

The announcement, which was reported earlier by Europa Press, seeks to generate incentives for free presidential elections to be held on July 28, according to the European Union.

The three former officials subject to this decision are Socorro Elizabeth Hernández, Xavier Antonio Moreno and Leonardo Enrique Morales.

The measure implies the temporary suspension of travel restrictions against these four people and seeks to advance the EU’s purpose of establishing an electoral observation mission for the elections.

The bloc’s determination, however, was rejected by Amoroso, who described the EU as immoral because, in his opinion, the sanctions should be withdrawn from the entire country.

“This decision by the European Union to lift the sanctions on me alone is contrary to the duty that as a Venezuelan I have to honor and defend the homeland,” he said during a message to the press. “It would be unworthy and disloyal to accept this gift from the EU only for myself and leave the 30 million Venezuelans affected by the sanctions and blockades imposed by the EU and other small groups of countries that are enemies of our nation,” he added.

CNN is making efforts to communicate with Hernández, Moreno and Morales to also find out their reaction to this information.

The EU imposed sanctions in November 2017, citing the deterioration of democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Venezuela and with the aim of helping to promote democratic solutions.

At the same time, the EU diplomatic representation in Caracas told CNN that it was decided to extend the rest of the sanctions they maintain against Venezuelan officials for a period of less than one year, that is, until next January 10, the established date. in the Venezuelan Constitution for the inauguration of the new president.

The European Union maintains an embargo on the sale of weapons and equipment used for internal repression in the South American country, as well as a ban on travel to the bloc’s countries for 50 people.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yván Gil also rejected the EU’s decision to temporarily lift sanctions on Amoroso and the three former CNE officials.

“Today we see how the European Union reissues sanctions against a series of Venezuelan officials, attacking precisely what sovereignty, independence, and free self-determination are, simply for not complying with decisions of the European bloc,” Gil said this Monday during his intervention at a meeting of the Group of Friends of the Charter of the United Nations.

The presidential elections in Venezuela are scheduled for July 28. In them, President Nicolás Maduro aspires to a second re-election and a third term of government.

Opposition leader María Corina Machado was elected in the opposition primary elections, but was unable to join the presidential race as she was disqualified by the Comptroller General of the Republic.

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