Maduro Invites UN, EU Observers To December Elections

(TELESUR) – The Venezuelan government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, said Wednesday that it invited the heads of the United Nations and the European Union to send observers to monitor the country’s parliamentary elections in December.

Venezuela: President Maduro Pardons 110 Politics Opponents

The move comes a day after President Maduro pardoned 110 political opponents, including associates of National Assembly lawmaker Juan Guaido, “in the interests of promoting national reconciliation” ahead of the polls; Guaido, however, dismissed the move, calling it a ploy to legitimize the upcoming elections, which part of the opposition has said it will boycott, as it has done in the past.

Although last month Borrell called for the elections to be postponed, claiming that the “conditions for a transparent, inclusive, free and fair electoral process” did not exist,” and thus there were not sufficient guarantees “for the European Union to be able to deploy an electoral observation mission,” he welcomed Tuesday’s announcement.

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