The main opposition alliance, Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), has said it would boycott the presidential elections, which it dismissed as lacking transparency.
01 de marzo de 2018, 15:53Caracas, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The parties that support President Nicolas Maduro and candidate of the opposition Henri Falcon for the upcoming elections, agreed today to hold the presidential elections in Venezuela for the second half of May. Thursday's date change came after an attempt to move up the regional votes to coincide with the presidential poll was quashed by the country's electoral commission.
Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro gathered Tuesday in several locations across Caracas to accompany the incumbent as he registered as a candidate for the April 22 presidential elections. He has already launched his election campaign. "I speak in the name of millions of Venezuelans to whom the government promised paradise but gave hell", he said. That's a big reason nearly all of Venezuela's opposition is boycotting the vote. It has criticized the CNE for its lack of independence from the government and Falcon for taking part in the election.
In response to those critics, Maduro's government says one reason it's setting the later date is to give the United Nations a chance to form a commission to observe the election.
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Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez told Reuters that Thursday's agreement with Falcon's Progressive Advance party, and some other movements, was evidence of a reconciliatory spirit that undercut foreign criticism of autocratic rule in Venezuela.
Meanwhile Romero, who leads Falcon's party, said the only way to bring about change was via the polls, and not through protests similar to those that killed almost 130 people past year.
USA sanctions on Venezuela already include financial restrictions that barred US from acquiring new debt deals with the Latin American country or its state-run oil company PDVSA.
The US has said it would consider imposing further sanctions against the government if it went ahead with the presidential vote under what it called fraudulent conditions.
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