In Venezuela, Maduro reinforces his hegemony by seizing Parliament

The coalition that supports President Maduro, the Great Patriotic Pole, obtained 67.7% of the 5.2 million votes cast, announced Monday the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Indira Alfonzo.

The fraction of the opposition that took part in the ballot won 18% of the vote, she said. Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who considers Mr. Maduro’s power to be illegitimate, called for a boycott of the elections.

The president of the CNE did not specify the distribution of the 277 seats which were submitted to the vote of the 20 million registered.

Abstention reached 69%, as the call from the main opposition parties to “stay at home” was overwhelmingly followed.

For opposition leader Juan Guaido, self-proclaimed interim president and supported by more than 50 countries, led by the United States, “the majority rejection of the Venezuelan people has been obvious (…) Venezuela has turned its back on Maduro and his fraud “.

In the 2015 legislative elections, where the opposition ended 15 years of Chavist hegemony in the unicameral parliament, the turnout was 71% (66.45% in 2010).

“What is happening in Venezuela today is a sham and a masquerade, not an election,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “The results announced by the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro will not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo added.

Besides Washington, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced on Sunday that it did not recognize the validity of these legislative acts that the European Union had called, without success, to postpone, considering them neither “transparent” nor “credible”.

Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama announced on Sunday that they would not recognize the election results.

Stifled by galloping inflation (+ 4,000% over one year), paralyzed in endless queues to fill up with gasoline, tired of the lack of water and gas supplies, and exasperated by the sudden cuts in gasoline. current, Venezuela is at bay.

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