US rejects Venezuela’s call for snap presidential elections

The US strongly rejected the call by Venezuela’s “illegitimate Constituent Assembly” for snap presidential elections before April 30, it announced Wednesday.

“This vote would be neither free nor fair. It would only deepen, not help resolve, national tensions,” said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert.

“It would not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people, and would be seen as undemocratic and illegitimate in the eyes of the international community.” The US urged Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime to respect the human rights of its citizens and to return to democratic constitutional order.

“A free, fair, transparent electoral process open to credible international observation is essential to the restoration of a democratic constitutional order in Venezuela,” she reiterated.

Source: Kuwait News Agency