The presidential elections in Venezuela will be a “clean and a model” process, assured President Nicolás Maduro, in an article published by the Spanish newspaper El País on Thursday, two weeks before the elections questioned by the opposition and part of the international community.
“This process will be clean and model, as much and more than the dozens of elections in which Venezuelans have participated in the last two decades,” said the president.
The elections are rejected by the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) and by the international community, including the United States and the European Union, on the grounds that they do not offer guarantees of transparency.
In the article, Maduro defended the work of the Constituent Assembly, which rules since August with absolute powers and is also criticized internationally, which seeks to draft a “Constitution made by the people and for the people”
“That’s why I understand the desperation of the elites, who for decades devoted themselves to converting the people into populism, into insult, into tyranny and into barbarism. Ours, on the other hand, is a proudly popular democracy, “Maduro wrote.
He also promised an “innovative (and creative) economic revolution”, against the “inhuman commercial blockade to which the governments of the United States and Europe have subjected us,” he said, referring to sanctions against the regime in Venezuela, a submerged oil in a deep economic crisis.