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The Maduro government asks Spain for “respect” after González Laya criticizes the new electoral council

June 16, 2020

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has asked Spain for “respect and cooperation” at the request of Arancha González Laya, head of Spanish diplomacy, to help Nicolás Maduro’s government reconsider the appointment of the new National Electoral Council (CNE).

González Laya said on Monday that he was “unilaterally” appointing CNE members by the “regime” of Maduro, for which he asked the Venezuelan authorities to agree on their composition, as a step before the celebration with “concern” consider “fair, free and democratic” elections.

Both ministers later spoke by phone, as Arreaza reported on Twitter, where he reported on this “valuable conversation”. The Venezuelan minister said he had informed his counterpart about “the entire process of dialogue and the search for consensus that led to the appointment of the new CNE”. “I have confirmed that we expect Spain to respect and work in dialogue in Venezuela,” added Arreaza.

The Maduro government asks Spain for “respect” after González Laya criticizes the new electoral councilThe Maduro government asks Spain for “respect” after González Laya criticizes the new electoral council

Venezuela has to hold parliamentary elections this year, which are crucial because if the opposition loses the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó will no longer be its leader, thereby losing constitutional legitimacy to remain as the “responsible president” of the country. Spain is one of the countries that recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president.

The main Venezuelan opposition parties, led by Guaidó, have already argued that they will not be suitable for an electoral farce and therefore do not believe they will take part in the next election under the current conditions.