EU keeps up pressure on Venezuela to delay election

EU keeps up pressure on Venezuela to delay election

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


BRUSSELS, Belgium(AFP) - The European Union on Wednesday again urged Venezuela to delay a December 6 parliamentary poll, saying that "conditions now in place do not allow for fair, democratic, competitive elections".

Staffers from Brussels' European External Action Service (EEAS) spent five days last week meeting figures from the government and opposition, including leaders Juan Guaido and Henrique Capriles, as well as church representatives and business leaders, the agency said in a statement.

A senior European official told AFP that the bloc is not confident that Nicolas Maduro's regime in Caracas will push back the election by six months as the EU has urged.

"We're expecting a response within two weeks. After that, we'll consider it to be in the negative," the official said.

In its statement, the EEAS said that "without a postponement and an improvement in the democratic and electoral conditions, the EU cannot consider sending an electoral observation mission.

"It is the time for bold Venezuelan-owned decisions in support of a peaceful and democratic transition," it added.

The EU does not recognise Maduro as Venezuela's president, supporting instead Guaido, speaker of the National Assembly - the only democratically-elected state body in the country.

Currently controlled by the opposition, its members' seats will be in play at the December 6 election. The European official said the regime's objective at the polls is to reclaim the speakership from Guaido.

The opposition in Caracas has split, with Guaido at the head of around 30 parties who have backed a boycott of the polls, while Capriles has called for voters to turn out en masse.

A third opposition group with closer ties to the regime has also urged high turnout and hopes to clinch large numbers of seats.

"The EU doesn't plan to negotiate or take on a mediator's role in Venezuela," the official said. "We're just laying out the conditions for us to participate with an observer mission at the parliamentary vote."

Nevertheless, if Caracas does not accept the bloc's demands to delay the ballot, "the EU will recognise neither the National Assembly, nor the Supreme Court," he added.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT