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VENEZUELA

SI Declaration on Venezuela

21 October 2016

 

The Socialist International deplores the decision adopted yesterday, Thursday 20 October, by the Electoral National Council (CNE) of Venezuela to postpone until a new judicial order the process of collection of 20% of signatures required to activate a recall referendum on the government of Nicolás Maduro scheduled for 26, 27 and 28 of this month. In its public declaration, the CNE bases its decision on compliance with the Constitution and observance of precautionary measures adopted by the criminal courts of Valencia, San Fernando Apure, Aragua and Bolivar, after accepting complaints for alleged electoral crimes against the political forces which are members of the Mesa de Unidad Democrática (MUD), an alliance which includes member parties of the SI, in the process to activate the recall referendum.

The Socialist International strongly rejects this new delaying tactic by the Venezuelan electoral authority and calls on the CNE to assume its high responsibilities in the recall referendum and not to obstruct the process. At the same time, in the context of these electoral accusations, the SI condemns the issuing of restriction orders by the criminal courts of Valencia, the capital of the state of Carabobo, against eight political leaders who are members of the MUD, among them the ex-presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, preventing them from leaving the territory, and demands the annulment of this procedurally incorrect and arbitrary measure.

Finally, the Socialist International reiterates its determination to defend democracy and human rights in Venezuela and renews its call on the government to stop the daily misuse and undermining of the State institutions, and to stop acting against their nature and proper functioning.

 

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Previous Statements

 

SI denounces ruling against amnesty and reconciliation law in Venezuela

12 April 2016

 

Venezuela must respect democracy

18 February 2016

 

Return of Manuel Rosales, leader of the UNT Party, to Venezuela

15 October 2015

 

A New Venezuela

07 December 2015

 

Socialist International protests against the sentencing of Leopoldo López

10 September 2015

 

Resolution on Venezuela adopted by the SI Council in New York, 6-7 July, 2015

 

Venezuela:on the brink of reaching a point of no return?

20 February 2015

 

Venezuela : for an end to the violence

17 February 2014

 

Informe de misión como Enviado Especial de la Internacional Socialista a Caracas, Venezuela, los días 13 a 16 de noviembre 2014

 

Resolution on Venezuela adopted by the SI Council in Geneva, 12-13 December 2014

 

Recount of votes crucial to ensure the election's legitimacy, democracy and peace

15 April 2013

 

SI Secretary General, Luis Ayala, on democratic socialism at the UNT anniversary event in Venezuela

13 March 2013

 

Socialist International Mission in Caracas

20-23 January 2010

 

Statement on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

10 June 2008

 

Venezuela to hold recall referendum

04 June 2004

 

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