Weekly Report - 18 June 2020 (WR-20-24)

VENEZUELA: Elections thrown into disarray

Venezuela’s supreme court (TSJ) took it upon itself to appoint new rectors to the national electoral council (CNE) on 12 June. The country’s principal opposition parties, led by Juan Guaidó, condemned the move as “an electoral farce staged by the dictatorship for its own convenience”. It is in the gift of the legislature to appoint CNE rectors, but the TSJ took matters into its own hands on the grounds that the national assembly was guilty of ‘constitutional omission’, for failing to fulfil its legislative duty and make the appointments. Guaidó called for more international pressure to be brought to bear on the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro, without suggesting what measures could be taken or definitively confirming whether the opposition would compete in legislative elections scheduled for later this year.

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