The regime of Nicolás Maduro revoked the invitation to EU observers in the presidential elections

The regime of Nicolás Maduro revoked the invitation to EU observers in the presidential elections
The regime of Nicolás Maduro revoked the invitation to EU observers in the presidential elections

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CARACAS.- Venezuela revoked an invitation to observers from the European Union (EU) for the presidential elections of July 28, declared this Tuesday the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Elvis Amoroso, in an announcement that puts the already dubious transparency of the elections under a blanket of suspicion.

At the beginning of the month, The European entity had announced the temporary withdrawal of personal sanctions against Amoroso, who rejected the measure, arguing that all officials should be lifted against the country.

The spokesperson for the EU diplomatic service, Peter Stano, said then that the decision to withdraw the sanction against Amoroso reaffirmed the “commitment and support for the good progress of the electoral process” and sought to “strengthen Venezuelan efforts towards inclusive and competitive presidential elections.” ”.

Shortly after, the president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, approved in the Parliament dominated by the ruling party, to ask the CNE to withdraw the invitation to the EU to be observers in the elections.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (File)JUAN BARRETO – AFP

“They are not welcome people to come to this country as long as they maintain sanctions,” Amoroso said in a statement broadcast on state television. Furthermore, he called the EU sanctions “colonialist” and “coercive, unilateral and genocidal.”

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a panel of United Nations experts, the African Union and the Carter Center, among others, Amoroso added.

The July 28 elections are the first in a decade in which the opposition, which did not run in 2018, participates in a presidential race. The socialist president Nicolas Maduro He is seeking his third term, while former ambassador Edmundo González threw himself into the ring on behalf of an important opposition coalition.

Maduro, 61 years old, reached an agreement with the opposition last year to hold elections, which led the United States in October to temporarily ease oil sanctions on Venezuela.

But Washington reimposed sanctions to the Venezuelan oil industry last April, after verifying that the Chavista government had not done enough to make the electoral process fair.

María Corina Machado raises the arm of the opposition presidential candidate Edmundo González Urrutia (File)

The EU sent a mission in 2021 for the last mayoral and gubernatorial elections, in which it identified both improvements in the voting system and irregularities. Their presence ended abruptly after Maduro branded them “enemies” and “spies.”

The European bloc had not announced whether it would accept the invitation from Caracas, although it had already sent advances that held preparatory meetings with the CNE.

The opposition has harshly criticized the authorities’ handling of the elections, especially after in January the country’s highest court confirmed the exclusion of the winner of the opposition primaries, María Corina Machado, which forced González to be selected as a replacement.

A recent survey showed that 50% of voters support González, against Maduro’s 32%

Agencies AFP, Reuters and DPA

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