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Venezuela's opposition has announced that it will field candidates in the November 21 elections

Venezuela’s opposition has announced that it will field candidates in the November 21 elections

File photo from December 6, 2020, showing a woman voting in the last Venezuelan elections, in Caracas (Image: EFE)

In a virtual press conferenceAnd The Venezuelan Unionist Program (PUV) has announced that it will field candidates in the regional elections on November 21It will be the first electoral participation since 2017.

In a statement, PUV highlighted: “We announce to the national and international community our participation in the regional and municipal process on November 21, 2021, With the MUD table card. We made this decision mostly after an intense and difficult internal deliberation process involving local, regional and national leaders. We have been touched by the difficult situation our country is going through, the sense of urgency to find lasting solutions to our suffering and the purpose of promoting unity.“.

Venezuela's opposition has announced that it will field candidates in the November 21 elections
Venezuela’s opposition has announced that it will field candidates in the November 21 elections

In this sense, the Alliance stated: “We know that these elections will not be fair or traditional elections. The dictatorship has imposed serious obstacles that endanger the expression of change for the Venezuelan people. However, we understand that They will be a useful field of struggle for the strengthening of citizens and the promotion of a real solution to the grave crisis in our country: free presidential and legislative elections. We will organize, mobilize and strengthen ourselves in unity in the service of restoring the democratic institutions of Venezuela.”

In another part of the statement, this sector of the Venezuelan opposition said: “We confirm it This resolution complements the efforts being made in Mexico and indicates a peaceful, negotiated solution. An organized and mobilized state can raise its voice more forcefully to demand democracy, the re-institutionalization of powers, and the lifting of Venezuelans out of the misery and poverty in which they are now mired.”

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The statement (EFE / MIGUEL GUTIERREZ) reads: “We know that these elections will not be fair or traditional elections.”

“We appreciate the work, effort and dedication of all Venezuelans who have remained resolute in this fight that has become so widespread. We must highlight especially the work of men and women active in political parties or part of social organizations. Likewise, we appreciate the unwavering support of the free world and international allies. for the people of Venezuela.. This decision calls us and demands the well-being of all. In unity, we will move steadily and optimistically towards democracyThe message was highlighted.

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Meanwhile, the statement concluded:We assume our commitment to redouble our efforts to motivate the people of Venezuela to be part of this cycle of struggle and to ensure that on November 22 we are able to advance on the path that will lead us to a resolution of the grave crisis in Venezuela.A national agreement and free presidential and parliamentary elections.

One of the reasons for the opposition's decision to run is that the European Union tends to deploy an election observation mission in November (Reuters/Leonardo Fernandez Filória)
One of the reasons for the opposition’s decision to run is that the European Union tends to deploy an election observation mission in November (Reuters/Leonardo Fernandez Filória)

the opposition He withdrew from the 2018 presidential elections and the 2020 legislative electionsdescribed as fraudulent. Participation in the November vote is a central issue in a new round of negotiations with the regime that will resume on September 3 in Mexico City. Politicians have asked Maduro to put in place basic electoral guarantees to ensure a free and fair electoral process, and to invite international observation missions.

One reason for the opposition’s decision to run is that the EU is leaning towards deploying an election observation mission in November.He cited two sources Bloomberg. The European Union said it would monitor the vote only if the opposition participated in itthey added.

What is more, Venezuelan National Electoral Council Extended to September 1 The deadline for the nomination of candidates for the regional and municipal elections is on November 21Which ended, according to the electoral schedule, on Sunday, August 29.

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