Venezuela: 14,400 Candidates Will Run In Parliamentary Elections

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has sworn in eight new ministers, six of whom are women. During a session with the Presidential Commission for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19, the Head of State recognized the work of the eight outgoing ministers who will be participating in the electoral arena, in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Likewise, he acknowledged the announcement of the President of the National Electoral Council Indira Alfonzo, who said that more than 14,400 candidates will participate in the December 6th elections, including numerous opposition parties and forces of the Revolution which have registered their nominations.

Venezuela to Inaugurate Simon Bolivar Institute for Peace

Venezuela will virtually inaugurate Saturday the Simon Bolivar Institute for Peace and Solidarity Among the Peoples which seeks to promote the work of Latin American Liberator, Simon Bolivar.

The Institute’s main objective is to gather international support with the Bolivarian Revolution in the face of constant threats by the government of the U.S. President Donald Trump.  According to the Institute’s official website, the center will seek to promote multilateralism, peace and promote scientific research in the region.

Venezuela: CNE Rejects Unilateral Sanctions Imposed by the US

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) Saturday issued a statement to reject the unilateral and coercive measures imposed by the U.S. government, which seek to sabotage the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 6.

CNE president Indira Alfonzo Izaguirre condemned the U.S. government institutions for subrogating absolutely “irresistible and non-existent” powers by trying to impose coercive, unilateral, interfering, and illegal measures against the Electoral Power, a public power. “All of this is an open and flagrant violation of the most elemental principles of International Public Law, such as respect for the sovereignty and independence of States and the right to self-determination of peoples,” the statement reads.

Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela Meet on Combating Crime

Venezuela and neighboring Trinidad and Tobago have activated a mixed commission to combat crime on their borders. Security authorities of both countries met via teleconference to strengthen cooperation, as instructed following a recent call between President Nicolas Maduro and Prime Minister Keith Rowley.

The meeting was led by Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol and Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago, Stuart Young.  Venezuela’s Vice Minister for the Caribbean, Raul Li Causi, explained that contact was established in order prevent human trafficking, as well as to investigate and continue fighting drug trafficking, in addition to strengthening joint communication.

President Maduro Denounces Attempts to Sabotage Elections

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro Sunday denounced attempts to “sabotage” December 6 parliamentary elections generated from inside and outside his country. He spoke about several maneuvers orchestrated by some opposition sectors that seek to prevent the elections from happening and use the pandemic as a scapegoat to sabotage it.

“With or without COVID-19 pandemic, there will be elections in Venezuela. I am sure that with all the measures we have taken, we will arrive in a better situation by December,” he assured. The Bolivarian leader recalled that elections are a constitutional mandate and stressed that other countries have already held primaries in the context of the pandemic.

 

Venezuela: President Maduro Pardons 110 Political Opponents

In order to facilitate a reconciliation process among domestic political forces, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro signed a decree that pardons 110 political opponents who were detained for various infractions of the law.

Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez read the decree from the Miraflores Palace, where he highlighted that President Maduro has asked hundreds of times for a constructive and fruitful dialogue to settle all political disputes. Rodriguez pointed out that this decision aims to encourage the participation of all political actors and increase citizen attendance at the parliamentary elections in December. “May the nation’s union be the sentiment prevailing in the upcoming elections. May the people decide,” he added.

President Maduro Invites UN, EU Observers to December Elections

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Twitter that a letter had been sent to UN chief Antonio Guterres and the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell inviting them to send electoral observers as well as outlining the “broad electoral guarantees agreed for the upcoming parliamentary elections.”

China and Venezuela Strengthen Comprehensive Strategic Alliance

During a videoconference between the highest representatives of their foreign affairs ministries, Venezuela and China announced that they will strengthen their comprehensive strategic alliance to face contemporary development problems in both nations.

“We reject hegemonic aggressions and reaffirm our confidence in multilateralism,” Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Arreaza said, adding the U.S. attempts to reintroduce the Monroe Doctrine in Latin America will fail.

China’s Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi stated that his country supports international justice and is unconditionally on the side of the Venezuelan people. “Any external interference runs contrary to the will of the people, and will not be sustainable,” Wang said, as reported by Xinhua

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