Reuters and Afp

La Jornada newspaper
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, p. 32

Washington. The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, yesterday accused the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro of holding flawed elections yesterday that skewed the process to predetermine the result in favor of his party, and do not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people. .

He warned, in a statement, that Washington would maintain support for the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, and that it would continue to work with international partners to use diplomatic and economic tools to lobby.

Arbitrary arrests and harassment of political and civil society actors, criminalization of opposition party activities, banning of candidates, manipulation of voter lists, persistent censorship of the media and other tactics Authorities practically stifled political pluralism and ensured that the elections did not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people, Blinken said.

The Maduro regime once again deprived Venezuelans of their right to participate in a free and fair electoral process, Blinken added.

He reiterated his support for the negotiations in Mexico between the Maduro government and the opposition, which are suspended after the extradition to the United States of businessman Alex Saab, representative of the Bolivarian government in that process.

Venezuela reacted and described the position of the United States as interference. It is clear that the big loser was imperialism, he said in a statement.