EU mulls sanctions on Venezuela

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) dismissed on Tuesday presidential elections, that took place in Venezuela yesterday, as not credible and threatened to impose sanctions on the Latin American country.

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a Declaration on behalf of the 28-member Union said election took place in Venezuela “with the highest abstention rate in a presidential election in the country over the last decades.

“Presidential and regional polls went ahead without a national agreement on an electoral calendar and without complying with the minimum international standards for a credible process, not respecting political pluralism, democracy, transparency and rule of law,” she noted.

Therefore, the EU and its member states will consider the adoption of adequate measures, said the EU foreign policy chief.

“Venezuela urgently needs a political solution to end the current crisis and, first and foremost, to deliver on its people most pressing humanitarian needs.

The EU reiterates the need to restore the democratic process, and the importance that the country works towards a political and truly negotiated solution,” added the EU statement.

Election results showed that Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro won a second six-year term.

Source: Kuwait News Agency