Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro repeated his call on Tuesday to political parties to participate in the parliamentary elections scheduled for this year, in the context of renewed tensions with the opposition led by Juan Guaidó over the latest judicial decisions.
“I repeat my call to political actors and all of our people to prepare for a new election process. Beyond our differences, peace must prevail. Vote yes, bullets no! Is the slogan that will be heard in the fields, cities and towns, ‘he said on Twitter.
The main Venezuelan opposition formations have set their “minimum conditions” to participate in the process this Tuesday, including an “independent” National Electoral Council (CNE), the free consent of the parties and their leaders, and international observation.
The signatories, including the so-called G-4 who are part of Popular Will, First Justice, Democratic Action and A New Time, have warned that if these conditions are not met, there will be no “free, fair and verifiable elections” as they seek, but an “election fraud.”
The opposition parties have thus responded to the latest Supreme Court (TSJ) decisions, appointing a CNE and firing the leadership of Democratic Action and First Justice to replace its members with politicians regarding “Chavismo.”
The new CNE president, Indira Alfonzo, had already invited all political parties to participate in the parliamentary elections on Monday. “We are committed to Venezuelan democracy,” he said.
Some parties, both the ruling PSUV and its allies and opponents of ‘Chavismo’, such as Cambiemos, have submitted proposals to hold these elections, according to the Venezuelan press.
This year’s parliamentary elections are particularly important because if the opposition loses the National Assembly, Guaidó will no longer own it, thereby losing constitutional legitimacy to remain as “president in charge” of Venezuela.