Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Venezuelan archbishop decries plan to change election date

(ACI Prensa) Archbishop Diego Padrón of Cumaná, former president of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference, denounced plans to advance presidential elections in the country by more than seven months.

Archbishop Diego Patron of Cumana, Venezuela. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

“In any country in the world, democracy operates with clarity, with transparency. Instead, [this] is a midnight ambush,” the archbishop told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister agency, Jan 24.

The country’s National Constituent Assembly issued a decree on Jan. 23 to move up the elections that are usually held in December to no later than April 30, a measure that was “approved by acclamation” according to Delcy Rodriguez, the president of the assembly.

The Archbishop of Cumaná said that “as a Venezuelan, it is my opinion that moving up the date for elections has no legal basis.”

- paying the bills -

He added that the National Constituent Assembly “is very discredited because it is fraudulent in its origin and how it is run.”

Venezuela is currently in the midst of a severe economic crisis, with hyperinflation and chronic shortages of food and medicine.

The country’s socialist government is widely blamed for the crisis. Since 2003, price controls on some 160 products, including cooking oil, soap and flour, have meant that while the items are affordable, they fly off store shelves only to be resold on the black market at much higher rates. The International Monetary Fund has forecasted an inflation rate of 2,300 percent in Venezuela in 2018.

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro is due to run for re-election this year, as his term ends in 2019.

Last July, contested elections led to the formation of a National Constituent Assembly, which has superseded the authority of the National Assembly, Venezuela’s opposition-controlled legislature.

- paying the bills -

Mass protests against the Constituent Assembly were held, in which more than 120 people were killed by security forces.

Following the decree from the National Constituent Assembly, President Maduro asked the Board of Elections to set the closest day possible for voting, saying, “We’re going to get this over with as soon as possible.”

Maduro also said that the elections will be held with or without the opposition.

According to the BBC, it is unknown whether any opposition candidate will run since the main leaders, Henrique Capriles and Leopoldo Lopez, have been disqualified from running for office.

Capriles was banned from running for office for 15 years by the Comptroller General’s Office for alleged irregularities in the state of Miranda where he was governor, the Associated Press reported last April.

In September 2015, El Confidencial news reported that Lopez was sentenced to 14 years in military prison for allegedly inciting violence at an anti-government demonstration the previous year.

- paying the bills --

Moving up the date of the election has been rejected by the Venezuelan opposition and the “Lima Group,” a coalition which is comprised of representatives from 14 countries of the Americas.

Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz read a statement on the matter emphasizing that “this decision makes it impossible to hold democratic, transparent and credible presidential elections.”

The text of the statement was approved by delegates from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Santa Lucía.

“We demand that the presidential elections be held with enough time to properly prepare for participation by all Venezuelan political actors and with all the corresponding guarantees,” the text adds.

This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

Article originally appeared on Today Venezuela and is republished here with permission.

Q24N
Q24N
Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

Nicolas Maduro’s main front man, Alex Saab, is arrested in Africa

Authorities in Cape Verde have arrested a businessman, singled out...

Maduro’s Infiltrators Join Violent Protests in the U.S.

The Nicolás Maduro regime infiltrated Chavista agents into the U.S. protests...

MOST READ

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,400 new cases for Sept 24; Country nearing 70,000

(QCOSTARICA) For Thursday, September 24, 2020., Priscilla Herrera, medical manager at the Ministry of Health, reported 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica,...

Pandemic affects the economy of 68% of Costa Rican households

(QCOSTARICA) The crisis caused by the coronavirus has resulted in 68.2% of households in Costa Rica (680,000) suffering some effect on their economic situation,...

Nicaraguan tourist transport asks Costa Rican open border

(QCOSTARICA) The president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tourist Transport, Enrique Quiñónez, said last Friday that three companies in the sector sent a letter...

Is it witchcraft that leads a man to leave women’s underwear at her home?

(QCOSTARICA) Mayden Chamorro still doesn't understand why a man has left her used female underwear outside her home every Thursday. Could it be part of...

Chirripó Park once again welcomes tourists in search of fresh air and cleansing the mind

(QCOSTARICA) Starting in October, the Chirripó National Park will once again receive tourists who await landscapes of starry skies, silent mountain sunrises and fresh...

CNE reveals how the money from the traffic fines is used

(QCOSTARICA) Applauded by some and rejected by others, the sanitary vehicle restriction is one of the most controversial measures that emerged as a strategy...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Article originally appeared on Today Venezuela and is republished here with permission.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.