The United States government has urged the international community not to be “fooled” by the pardons approved Monday by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, which it has linked to alleged movements to whitewash the December 6th general election.
US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael G. Kozak said on Twitter that “Maduro’s latest trick to make the upcoming elections” free and fair “is to release some prisoners under certain conditions. Politicians Wrongly Imprisoned “.
He thus refers to the hundred pardons approved on Monday, which include several opposition MPs, “political prisoners” who, according to Kozak, are now used as a basis for negotiations to “cover up ridiculous elections”.
“Let’s not forget that Maduro is holding hundreds of political prisoners at random. Neither the Venezuelan people nor the international community will be fooled by these actions,” said the US leader, who has warned that “democracy can only win if it can is fulfilled. ” the conditions for free and fair elections. “
Washington lays down as requirements the lifting of vetoes against parties and candidates, respect for freedom of expression, the reform of the National Electoral Council (CNE), the presence of international observers and the “end of the death squads” alluding to the armed groups in connection with Chavismo.