A group of United States senators on Tuesday denounced the efforts of the Government of the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, to celebrate December 6 as a “fraudulent legislative elections”.
In a resolution, presented by the senators Bob Menéndez (Democrat) and Marco Rubio (Republican)Instead, legislators called for presidential and legislative votes to be held “as soon as possible” in Venezuela “in accordance with international standards for free, fair and transparent electoral processes, including credible international electoral observation.”
“This resolution sends a clear bipartisan message that rejects this latest effort to mock Venezuela’s decimated democracy,” Menéndez said, quoted in a statement.
His colleague Rubio spoke along the same lines, stating that “no one should be fooled: Maduro’s goal through these so-called legislative elections is to silence the voices of the members of the National Assembly, democratically elected & rdquor ;.
In addition, the initiative, co-sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (Republican), Dick Durbin (Democrat), Rick Scott (Republican), Ben Cardin (Democrat) and Tim Kaine (Democrat), asked the Maduro government “to cease its campaign of systematic persecution against the independent political parties of Venezuela and their leaders. “
Similarly, he requested the immediate release of those who consider “political prisoners”that the Venezuelan government facilitate access for humanitarian organizations “and put an end to its campaign of extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, torture and arbitrary detentions of political opponents.”
The government of US President Donald Trump was the first to recognize, in January 2019, the opposition leader and president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as interim president of Venezuela and reject the Maduro Administration, which in response broke diplomatic relations with Washington.
Carlos Vecchio, Guaidó’s envoy in the United States, thanked the senators on Tuesday “for their consistent bipartisan support for the libertarian cause of Venezuela.”