Brazil’s Workers' Party (PT) and its Communist Party of Brazil congratulated Nicolas Maduro for his second presidential victory after taking 68 percent of yesterday’s popular vote.
In a joint communique, the two parties congratulated Maduro for his "resounding political ... victory," for winning a second term, and gave praise to Venezuelans who exercised their right to vote.
The PT Secretariat of International Relations, Mônica Valente, and Jose Carvalho, from the secretariat of the Communist Party, released the communique which read that the win was a "triumph, an expression of the vitality of the Venezuelan democratic electoral system and the solid ties of government with the people."
They wrote, "The Venezuelan electoral-electoral system has been progressively improved since 1999. It assures the population a broad right to vote and is equipped with transparency and verification mechanisms. It has been praised by former US President Jimmy Carter and now by former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, who has been a member of the international monitoring delegations of Sunday's elections."
For the past twenty years, Venezuela’s voting system has been one of the most fraud-proof in the world. Each voter audits their own electronic ballot before signing and submitting it, and the national electoral council randomly audits over half of all votes cast.
Valente and Carvalho went on to refute the "imperialist U.S." and Lima Group, to which Brazil belongs, for dismissing the elections saying, "It is clear that the attacks by the United States, the media and the governments of the so-called Lima Group emanate from forces hostile to Venezuela." The parties decried the "interference measures in Venezuela's internal affairs," referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order he signed today banning U.S. citizens from being involved in any sort of Venezuelan sales of oil, or oil-related assets.
The parties spokespeople said the Lima Group "deliberately creates an environment conducive to coups and external intervention" blaming the group of 14 American and Caribbean countries for the overthrow of President Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and her replacement by the "coup government of Michel Temer."
"We strongly condemn ... Temer's illegitimate government" for participating in the Lima Group, because it shames Brazil and tears apart the country’s "diplomatic tradition of working for solutions based on dialogue and respect for the self-determination of peoples and nations."
The parties ended by urging Brazilians to "express their solidarity" with Venezuela.
The PT candidate and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is first in the polls in Brazil's presidential race and has been imprisoned for over a month on charges of supposedly taking bribes in the country's Car Wash scandal.