US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed this Thursday that neither the United States nor its partners were ready to legitimize “another electoral fraud” by the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela, and downplayed the pardon the president decided this week had it allowed the release or withdrawal of charges against some opponents.
“The conditions for free and fair elections do not exist in Venezuela and the release of a number of political prisoners does not change that,” said Pompeo, referring to the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 6th.
“None of the political parties whose leaders have been ousted and whose names, symbols and property have been stolen by the regime have been restored, including those on the left that challenge the regime’s control over (Hugo) Chavez’s political legacy,” argued the boss. US diplomacy, noting that many opponents are prohibited from running for public office and lack political rights.
In addition, the National Electoral Council (CNE), “illegally appointed” by Chavismo with the support of a minority opposition sector, “remains under tight control of the regime, which will be of crucial importance given its complexities. The registration process (of candidacies) lies in Your hands “.