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Lula trusts that elections in Venezuela will be as democratic as possible

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The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, expressed on Wednesday his desire for the next elections in Venezuela to be “as democratic as possible,” and welcomed the fact that there is already a date for these elections.

The board of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) announced on Tuesday that a new president will be elected on July 28.

It is assumed that Nicolás Maduro will seek a third six-year term, while the main opposition candidate, María Corina Machado, is disqualified from participating.

“I hope the elections are as democratic as possible,” Lula said during a press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sánchez, after a meeting at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia.

The leftist leader said he was “happy” that a date has been set to vote.

Lula recalled his meeting on Friday with Maduro in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the occasion of the Celac summit.

CNE: The presidential elections will be held on July 28

“President Maduro told me (…) that he will summon all the observers in the world who want to see the electoral process in Venezuela,” he stated.

“Venezuela knows that it needs a broadly democratic election to be able to regain the space (…) in the world forums that it needs so much and to be able to see the end of the US blockade,” Lula added.

The president of the Spanish government urged, for his part, that the vote be carried out “with the democratic guarantees that the Venezuelan people deserve and need.”

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Lula asked at the same time to respect “the presumption of innocence” and not to generate early “doubts” about the Venezuelan process.

In addition, he called on the opposition not to copy the “behavior” of his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, who questioned the result of his electoral defeat in 2022.

“I was prevented from attending the elections in 2018. Instead of staying crying, I named another candidate,” he noted in reference, although without mentioning her, to Machado.

The Venezuelan opposition immediately afterwards accused Lula of being “validating the abuses of an autocrat.”

«Me crying, President Lula? Are you saying that because I’m a woman? You don’t know me. “I am fighting to assert the right of millions of Venezuelans who voted for me in the Primaries and the millions who have the right to do so in free presidential elections in which I will defeat Maduro,” he wrote on the social network X.

The entry Lula trusts that elections in Venezuela will be as democratic as possible was first published in EL NACIONAL.

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