Venezuela to Prepare for Municipal Elections in December

TeleSur English: The assembly decision reflects “the spirit of politics via dialogue in Venezuela promoted by President Nicolas Maduro.”

The Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly has approved preparations for municipal elections in December, in a follow-up to regional elections held on Oct. 15.

The unanimous decision reflects “the spirit of politics via dialogue in Venezuela promoted by President Nicolas Maduro,” it said, adding that the municipal-level elections are a continuation of democracy and peace in the country fortified by the July 30 ANC elections and gubernatorial elections less than two weeks ago.

ANC President Delcy Rodriguez said the December vote will be a “victory against imperialist agents” that refuse to acknowledge the Venezuelan people’s previous electoral mandates where millions of people have voted in favor of the Maduro administration.

The proposal was put forth by Assembly Member Francisco Ameliach, who said the reason for the vote was to deepen the country’s democracy. Ameliach also said that “imperialist powers want to own the world. They use weapons to force politics.,” adding that these same international forces continually “intervene in the Venezuelan government.” But he explained, Venezuela uses free elections to create politics.

In late August, the U.S. administration under Donald Trump issued an executive order banning any new debt deals between U.S. entities and the Venezuelan government or its state-owned oil company, which operates as Citgo in the United States, exacerbating the country’s high rate of inflation. Trump made the move to try to force a “regime change,” accusing the democratically-elected Maduro of creating a “dictatorship.”

The legislature’s decision will be put forward to the president of the National Electoral Council Tibisay Lucena.

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