Julie Chung, Acting Undersecretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said Washington continues to pressure the Maduro regime to achieve "fundamental changes" in the Caribbean country, including the release of political prisoners and the lifting of bans on opposition parties.
The government of the United States assured this Thursday that it supports a negotiated solution to the crisis in Venezuela that addresses the necessary conditions for free elections, but considers that it is up to the people of that country to decide whether the new National Electoral Council, appointed by the regime Maduro, contributes to that goal, indicated a senior official.
"The United States supports a comprehensive and negotiated solution to the Venezuelan crisis that addresses all aspects of the prerequisites for free and fair elections," said Julie Chung, acting head of the U.S. Department of the Western Hemisphere. Solves. "
"It is up to Venezuelans to decide whether the new National Electoral Council (NEC) contributes to this purpose," the senior official said.
On Tuesday, the Chavista Parliament of Venezuela, whose legitimacy is not recognized by much of the international community, appointed a new electoral leadership composed of five members, two of the figures linked to the dissidence but currently distanced from interim president Juan Guaidó.
Chung said the United States was pushing for fundamental "fundamental changes" to free and fair elections in Venezuela, including a lift ban on political parties, the release of political prisoners unconditionally, and the invitation of credible international election observers. , And a public election calendar.
The United States does not recognize the second term of Nicolás Maduro, as does a large part of the international community (including the European Union and many Latin American countries), for the irregularities in the 2018 elections.
The Chavista National Assembly appointed Alexis Corredor Pérez, Tania D'Amelio, Enrique Márquez, Pedro Calzadilla and Roberto Picón to form the new National Electoral Council (CNE) for the period 2021-2028.
Of these five members, three are linked to the Chavista dictatorship. Calzadilla is a 59-year-old historian Minister of Culture for the late President Chávez between 2011 and 2013. Maduro appointed him Minister of Education at the University of Education in 2013, a position he held until 2014.
D'Amelio will head the Electoral Board, the CNE entity in charge of the technical organization of elections, and Corredor Pérez will be in charge of registering voters. Both have been members of the PSUV.
The other two members of the CNE - Márquez, and Picón - are opponents now estranged from the sector headed by Guaidó. Márquez was appointed vice president of the CNE.
Henrique Capriles, a two-time presidential candidate who faced Chávez and Maduro, considered the designation as "An essential first step to open paths in the constitutional and democratic reconstruction" of the country, but Guaidó rejected the appointment.
The Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, condemned the appointment, but the government of Spain considered it to be "the first step.