The Socialist International described the elections called by the Maduro regime as “illegitimate”

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro votes in a polling place in Caracas (Venezuela). EFE / Rayner Peña

The organization “Socialist International” (IS) described as “illegitimate” the legislative elections called by the Nicolás Maduro regime and carried out in Venezuela last Sunday with low electoral participation.

Through a statement, the international organization of social democratic, socialist and labor parties, founded in Germany in 1951, expressed its “Support and solidarity with the people of Venezuela and with its democratic forces that have once again seen their freedoms and rights seriously violated by the dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro, this time with the illegitimate legislative elections” developed on December 6.

Socialist International rejected the results of the elections and assured that they were carried forward “Without effective and independent international observation, with an electoral power under strict and total official control and with a system of political parties that the Maduro regime has been endeavoring for years to attack, co-opt and destroy”.

The organization highlighted that both the convocation, as well as the preparation and holding of the elections have been “Object of rejection by a significant number of countries in the region, as well as by the Lima Group, the Organization of American States and the European Union”Considering that“ the minimum standards ”required to carry out a“ fair, competitive and transparent vote have been far from being met ”.

Juan Guaidó speaks to the press one day after the elections.  REUTERS / Manaure Quintero

Juan Guaidó speaks to the press one day after the elections. REUTERS / Manaure Quintero

The London-based entity called Election Day “Unacceptable affront to democracy.”

Likewise, he referred to the low participation of Venezuelans in the face of “this electoral farce”, And highlighted the call of Juan Guaidó, president in charge of Venezuela, not to validate the results of the elections.

“The Socialist International condemns this new attack on Venezuelan democratic actors and reiterates its grave concern at the political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis that is hitting women and men and that continues to deteriorate every day”, the statement said.

The organization expressed its support for the member parties and the opposition forces in Venezuela and assured that it “will continue to support it in its unwavering efforts in favor of a country in which the law effectively prevails and respect for the freedoms and rights of all its citizens”.

“Looking at the millions of Venezuelans who have had to leave their land for political or economic reasons and go into exile, the SI renews its appeal to the International Community to remain active, mobilized and committed to the cause of full respect for human rights, freedom and democracy in Venezuela”Concludes the text published on the agency’s website.


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