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Italy has requested that the Venezuelan opposition enjoy “civil rights and democratic space” in the presidential elections

Italy has requested that the Venezuelan opposition enjoy “civil rights and democratic space” in the presidential elections

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani (EFE/Andreu Dalmau)

Italy on Thursday requested that the Venezuelan opposition enjoy “civil rights and democratic space.” In the presidential elections that will be held next July 28 in the Caribbean country, after the obstacles imposed by the regime mature In registering opposition candidates.

“I am following with great interest the development of the election campaign in Venezuela and I hope that all democratic norms, pluralism and the rule of law will be respected,” the Italian Chancellor wrote. Antonio Tajaniin a post in X. “The opposition should have civil rights and democratic space.”

Venezuela is home to one of the largest Italian communities in South America, with nearly two million of Italian descent, according to estimates. For this reason, Italian governments of various political shades have expressed concern in recent years about the humanitarian and political crisis in the Caribbean country. Italy It was also one of the countries that recognized it at that time Juan Guaido As interim president.

The Italian Chancellor's words come after the Nicolas Maduro regime's prevention maneuvers Democratic Unionist Platform (PUD) official applicant registration, Corinna Urisin the National Electoral Council (CNE), after the leader was removed Maria Corina Machado.

The PUD reported Tuesday that it was able to register temporarily Edmundo Gonzalez UrrutiaWhich may be replaced as of next April 1, as long as he does not have any penalty or administrative obstacle.

The opposition governor of Zulia state was also able to register, Manuel Rosales Which, however, received criticism from Machado because the main opposition votes do not give him any kind of political support.

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Wednesday, The United States also insisted that Maduro allow participation In the elections of all opposition candidates who wish to do so.

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And even governments Brazil And ColombiaVenezuelan allies, They questioned the impossibility of the opposition registering Corinna Joris He urged the parties to adhere to the terms of the Barbados Agreement, referring to the agreement reached last October between the Maduro regime and the opposition, under which the United States lifted some sanctions imposed on Caracas.