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Weekly Report - 23 May 2019 (WR-19-20)

VENEZUELA: Maduro presents electoral ‘solution’

Venezuela’s de facto president Nicolás Maduro marked the anniversary of his re-election on 20 May by tabling a proposal to bring forward legislative elections, which are constitutionally due in December 2020. “Let’s see who wins,” Maduro said. The opposition figurehead and widely recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, rejected the proposal as farcical. The totally uneven playing field upon which elections are contested in Venezuela, with a biased referee in the form of a national electoral council (CNE) serving as a pliant appendage of the Maduro government was, after all, the main reason why the opposition refused to take part in the presidential elections a year ago. And the only elections it has any interest in seeing brought forward are presidential not legislative.

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