Anthony Brinken, US Secretary-of-State, said that the Venezuelan regime had distorted the process for determining the outcome of the election “out of fear of Venezuelan voices or votes”,
Washington (apro). The US government cancelled Venezuela’s November 21 election and accused President Nicolas Maduro’s regime of depriving his countrymen their democracy and voting rights.
President Joe Biden’s foreign policy chief emphasized in a written statement that the Maduro government arrested, harassed, and convicted Venezuelan civil society figures, opposition politicians and non-governmental organizations.
The Biden administration reaffirmed its support for the Venezuelan people’s desire to peacefully restore the democratic system through free and transparent elections.
Although Maduro’s regime tried to manipulate opposition parties, voters and candidates before and after the election, the United States still recognizes their participation.
President Biden condemned the arrests of over 250 political opponents and called on Maduro for an end to repression to allow Venezuelans to enjoy peace and stability in the democratic and stable country they desire.