The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, said on Wednesday that the key in Venezuela, given the parliamentary elections scheduled for December, is that they are “democratic”, otherwise they cannot be considered as “legitimate” by the international community.
“I think it is important that there are elections, but they have to be democratic and respect the rules of the game,” said the head of Spanish diplomacy during one informative breakfast organized by Europa Press. “In order for them to be legitimate within the country and in the eyes of the international community, they must be democratic,” he said.
This is happening, he added, because there are “guarantees of participation and compliance with the rules of the game” that Venezuelans have to define themselves and not “Spain, the EU or the United States”.
If this does not happen, González Laya has warned: “It will be very difficult to accept the outcome of these elections.” In democracies, elections are “the means to find common solutions”.