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Venezuela: the main opposition parties will not participate in the elections of mayors

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GRAF095. MADRID, 26/10 / 2017.- Stock photograph (07/08/2017), of the president of the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela, the deputy Julio Borges, in a committee meeting of the legislative body in Caracas (Venezuela) . The European Parliament (EP) today decided to hand over the Sakharov Prize to Freedom of Conscience to the Venezuelan opposition, represented by the National Assembly and its president, Julio Borges, as well as by opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma. The Venezuelan opposition, Efe sources confirmed to the European Parliament, won the other two finalists, the Guatemalan human rights activist Aura Lolita Chávez Ixcaquic and the journalist Dawit Isaak, imprisoned in 2001 in Eritrea. EFE / CRISTIAN HERNÁNDEZ

The main opposition parties decided on Monday not to participate in the next municipal elections on December 10 when the 335 mayors will be renewed, considering that the regime of Nicolás Maduro has not given guarantees of cleanliness and transparency in the Venezuelan electoral system.

President Nicolás Maduro has been enraged by the announcement of the opposition. In a federal government council, held in Miraflores, he said that there are voices appearing on the scene calling sabotaging the electoral process of the upcoming mayors’ elections.

He pointed out that “some spokesmen of the right intend to question the electoral process and call for an insurrection against the elections of mayors and mayors.”

“That is why it is important to defend the truth of Venezuela in the first place, the truth of the electoral system, which is fully guaranteed in any condition, as it was on October 15,” said the head of state.

Just the regional ones of October 15 were questioned and denounced as fraudulent by the coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD), whose parties only won 5 of the 23 governorates. And of the 5 opposition governors, 4 humbled themselves to swear before the also questioned Constituent Assembly of Maduro.

In this sense, and not to submit to a second fraud like that of the municipal, the opposition parties members of the MUD, which is about to implode by the failure of the regional, agreed to announce, separately, their decision not to go to the elections of the 335 mayors.

The former President of Parliament, and Secretary General of Acción Democrática, Henry Ramos Allup, affirmed that it is not feasible to participate in the election of mayors. “Despite this decision not to participate in the municipal elections, we will continue fighting for improvements in the official conditions “.

And in case some Democratic Action militants run as candidates, he said that “it will happen as in the case of the governors who will self-expunge according to article 33 of our internal statutes.”

For his part, the secretary general of the Primero Justicia party, the deputy Tomás Guanipa, reaffirmed what was said by the president of the National Assembly, Julio Borges that the yellow awning will not participate in the elections of mayors called by the National Constituent Assembly. In the same way, he assured that a member of the party that runs for office in this new electoral process is expelled.

He expressed that for “Primero Justicia it is fundamental that we understand that we have to go to the conquest of electoral conditions, because our goal is to get Nicolás Maduro through the electoral route”.

In the same way, he informed that they want to launch a day of action in the country to become a unit that will seek electoral improvements to elect the new president for the country.

“We are not going to participate in this process to be in our house, but to fight in the street. What we are never going to do is to lend ourselves to the game of a government, “he added.

The parliamentarian also stressed that at this time “the conditions are electoral rather than criminal. In this election of governors, everyone knows that there was a great electoral fraud. ”

Freddy Guevara, coordinator of Voluntad Popular, founded by Leopoldo López, stressed: ” We declare that there are no electoral or political conditions to participate in the municipal elections convened expressly by the regime and, therefore, we will not participate in them as a mechanism of denunciation and national and international protest against the dictatorship and no activist of ours will be able to register for the municipal elections “.

Guevara added: “We will not be partners of a new fraud against our people and responsibly urge the other parties of the Unit not to participate in any way in them, so as not to validate a fraud announced and already proven on October 15.”

Alianza Bravo al Pueblo (ABP) of the metropolitan mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, said that “it is not the time to participate in the municipal elections,” said the deputy of that awning, Richard Blanco.

Andrés Velásquez, de la Causa R, a candidate who showed evidence of fraud, contesting the results of the election in the governorship of Bolívar, also refused to participate in the municipal elections.

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