G7 rejects Venezuela elections

BRUSSELS, Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union, (G7) announced Wednesday that they are united in rejecting the electoral process leading to the May 20, Presidential election in Venezuela.

“By failing to meet accepted international standards and not securing the basic guarantees for an inclusive, fair and democratic process, this election and its outcome lack legitimacy and credibility. We therefore denounce the Venezuelan Presidential election, and its result, as it is not representative of the democratic will of the citizens of Venezuela,” they said in joint a statement released here today.

“While the regime of Nicolas Maduro solidifies its authoritarian grip, the people of Venezuela continue to suffer human rights abuses and serious deprivation, causing increasing displacement which is affecting countries throughout the region,” the statement said.

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and call on the Maduro regime to restore constitutional democracy in Venezuela, schedule free and fair elections that can truly reflect the democratic will of the people, immediately release all political prisoners, restore the authority of the National Assembly and provide for full, safe and unhindered access by humanitarian actors,” it added.

The EU has regularly taken part in all meetings since the G7 Summit in Ottawa in 1981. It holds all the privileges and obligations of membership but without the right to host or chair a summit.

Source: Kuwait News Agency