France voices "deep concern" over Venezuela ballot

Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpts)

Paris, 22 May 2018

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Venezuela – Presidential election (20 May)

The presidential election that has just taken place in Venezuela cannot be considered to be representative, given the obstacles preventing the participation of several opposition parties and leaders, the lack of an agreement between the government and the opposition on the election calendar and voting procedures, as well as the lack of independence of the electoral judge and the many irregularities denounced by several candidates. Together with its EU partners, France expressed its doubts regarding the transparency and fairness of the election. The record low voter turnout confirms that most Venezuelans do not consider the election to be legitimate or credible.

This election does not therefore serve to help resolve the very serious economic and social crisis affecting the country.

France expresses its deep concern following the announcement of the presidential election results and supports a political and peaceful solution to the crisis in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution. (...)./.

Published on 30/05/2018

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