Caracas. An alliance of Venezuelan opposition parties announced on Sunday that they will not participate in the next legislative elections, fervently promoted by the government of Nicolás Maduro’s president, considering that they were called without the approval of the Legislative Power, with an opposition majority.
Those elections will determine the control of the National Assembly, the only branch of power in Venezuela that is not under the control of the ruling party and its allies.
“Having exhausted all our efforts nationally and internationally so that we have a competitive electoral process that guarantees respect for the sovereign will of the people, the parties stated that unanimously, we decided not to participate in the electoral fraud called by the Maduro regime” , expressed in a statement the 27 political parties, including those that support the opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
The coalition invites Venezuelans to unite behind a new democratic push against what they call Maduro’s “dictatorship”. They also urge the international community to join their rejection of the process supervised by Maduro.
“We are going to fight together to choose the destiny of our country,” said Guaidó through Twitter, who in 2019 as president of the National Assembly declared himself interim president of Venezuela and is recognized by the United States and more than 50 countries as the legitimate president of this South American country.
“No one accepts impositions from a dying regime. From the unit we reject the farce, now we must mobilize that majority that wants to live with dignity, “added Guaidó.
Venezuela is in a long political and economic crisis that caused approximately five million people to leave the country. The once rich oil nation accuses the shortages and high prices of basic products such as food and medicine, it also lacks a reliable supply of gasoline, water and electricity, as well as a decent health system, which is especially fragile as cases increase. of coronavirus.
The opposition coalition rejects the December 6 elections, citing unfair conditions orchestrated by Maduro. They say 30 opposition lawmakers have been stripped of immunity guaranteed by law, while dozens more left the country for fear of their safety and five are currently in prison.
The Supreme Court of Justice, controlled by the ruling party, recently appointed the directors of the National Electoral Council, but this is not recognized by the opposition, since it is the National Assembly that by constitutional mandate has the power to elect the members of the CNE executives.
The Court also suspended between May and June the boards of the four largest opposition parties, and instead appointed dissident opponents who reject the boycott of the elections.
As a condition of participating in an election, opposition leaders demand a fair electoral body and qualified national and international observers to oversee all aspects of the voting process.
Guaidó, who was seeking to force Maduro out of power, has failed to end the current government. Maduro has control over the armed forces and other important institutions. Maduro also has the international support of Russia, China, Iran and Cuba.
It is unclear how Guaidó will maintain his legitimacy as interim president of Venezuela after the elections.
US President Donald Trump, who was one of the first to support Guaidó, has applied strong sanctions against Venezuela, but after a year Trump’s confidence in Guaidó seems to be fading.
However, Elliott Abrams, Trump’s special representative for Venezuela, recently said that the United States continues to support Guaidó, and that the administration will put more pressure on Maduro.