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FM Arreaza Rejects US Claims of Fraud at Venezuelan Elections

  • An image of Commander Hugo Chavez hangs in a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 6, 2020.

    An image of Commander Hugo Chavez hangs in a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 6, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 7 December 2020

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo challenged Venezuelan parliamentary elections' legitimacy, saying that there would be an "electoral fraud."

Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Sunday rejected the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statements about an alleged "fraud" at the National Assembly elections.


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"Pompeo must accept that the policy towards the Bolivarian nation has failed. According to President Donald Trump, the fraud was committed in the U.S. elections," Arreaza tweeted, alluding to the claims of the White House leader after his opponent Joe Biden's victory.

"Assimilate with calm and resignation Venezuela's truth. Hopefully, diplomacy will soon return to the State Department and the White House," the Bolivarian minister added.

On Sunday, Pompeo challenged the legitimacy of the Venezuelan elections by saying that there would not be a representation of the people's opinion at the new National Assembly because of an "electoral fraud."

"The results announced by Nicolas Maduro's illegitimate regime will not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people. What is happening today is a farce, not an election," the U.S. official tweeted. 

Over 20 million Venezuelan people were called to elect 277 lawmakers that will rule the new National Assembly until 2026.

One hundred and seventy-seven political parties took part in the elections. However, over 20 opposition movements, including the bloc led by Juan Guaido, refuse to take part in the electoral process.

Hours after polls closed, the National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced that the leftist coalition Great Patriotic Pole won 67 percent of the vote. The opposition received 18 percent of the vote.

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