- The statement was led by parties making up the so-called G4.
- “We’re not abstaining,” the statement said. “There’s no abstaining when they call something that doesn’t qualify as an election.”
- Maduro hasn’t reacted to the move by the opposition.
The Venezuelan opposition officially stated on Sunday that it would not participate in the legislative elections scheduled for December this year. The Venezuelan opposition considers the said elections as a “fraudulent process.” The statement was signed by 27 opposition parties.
Already publicly supported repeatedly by the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, the statement was led by parties Acción Democrática, Primero Justicia, Voluntad Popular, and Un Nuevo Tiempo, the country’s largest political parties, which make up the so-called G-4.
Other political parties also in support of the initiative include Radical Cause, Citizen Encounter, Democratic Left, and Venezuela Project, which support Guaidó, the President of the National Assembly.
Guaidó is recognized as interim president by almost 60 countries across the globe. The radical opposition forces, organized on the Soy Venezuela platform, although they share this position, did not sign the document.
“We’re not abstaining,” the statement said. “There’s no abstaining when they call something that doesn’t qualify as an election,” reads the statement in part.
“We will fight together to choose the fate of our country,” Guaidó tweeted Sunday. “Now we must mobilize our majority that desires to live with dignity. Together we’re going to beat the regime!”
The opposition has called upon the Venezuelans to unite behind a fresh push against what they describe as Maduro’s “dictatorship.” It has also implored the international community to stand with Venezuelans in their fight against Maduro.
Maduro hasn’t reacted to the move by the opposition, but has previously been quoted stating that he is keen on seeing his allies win back the control of the country’s National Assembly. He has on many occassions labelled the current opposition leaders who are in control of the Assembly of being puppets of the United States.
Venezuela is currently in a political as well as an economic crisis, with roughly 5 million people having fled the nation, in search of greener pastures elsewhere, in recent years. Initialy an oil rich nation, Venezuela is currently a poor state that lacks basic goods, including a reliable supply of gasoline and a decent health care system, which has already been overwhelmed by the surging coronavirus pandemic.
Part of the reasons why the opposition is in objection to the December election is what they described as an unleveled playing ground orchestrated by the Maduro-led regime. They say 30 opposition lawmakers have been stripped of immunity, guaranteed by law, with dozens others forced to flee into exile whereas five are currently jailed.
The opposition parties say that they are only ready to participate in clean and decent elections. They also called on the international community to “reject this new attempt at fraud.”
Tensions have been rife in Venezuela since Guaido declared himself the country’s acting president, with support from amongst other countries, the USA. Guaido has attempted to gain support from the United States in his attempt to dethrone Maduro, albeit unsuccessfully.
Maduro, on his part, enjoys support from China and Iran, amongst other countries, that have always advised him to stay put despite the massive pressure from the Guaido camp.