Venezuela’s Sham Election

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, May 4, 2020. (Miraflores Palace/Handout via Reuters)
The world must not legitimize Maduro’s latest power play.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T his Sunday, the regime of Nicolas Maduro will hold a sham parliamentary election in Venezuela. The purpose of this “election” is to renew the Venezuelan National Assembly, which is the only institution controlled by the Venezuelan opposition, and the only institution internationally recognized as legitimate and democratic. By holding this fraudulent election, the Maduro regime hopes to bring down its only domestic threat: the interim government of Juan Guaido.

This “election” will be held exactly five years after Venezuela experienced its last real election, when the Venezuelan opposition won the country’s national assembly by a landslide, winning two-thirds of the parliament.

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Jorge Jraissati is the president of the Venezuelan Alliance and a fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute. He has spoken about the Venezuelan crisis at numerous universities, including Harvard, NYU, and Cambridge.

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