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  • Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega offered his congratulations to Venezuela on its successful elections.

    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega offered his congratulations to Venezuela on its successful elections. | Photo: MPPRE

Published 18 October 2017

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said the elections prove to the world Venezuela’s respect for the rights of its citizens.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has offered his congratulations to Venezuela on Sunday's regional elections, which he described as "successful."

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"Having won with absolute clarity, these elections allow the world to recognize once more the infinite human quality of the Venezuelan people, and the undeniable capacity of its president, brother Nicolas, and of the party that represents dignity, freedom, respect for sovereignty and the fair and prosperous future that Venezuela continues to build," he said.

The message was addressed to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, his wife, Cilia Flores, National Constituent Assembly, ANC, President Delcy Rodriguez, members of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, and the South American country's citizens.

“This feat of the heroic people of Bolivar and Chavez is multiplied in heroism and spiritual greatness, because we all know the bloody economic, political, communicational and cultural war that has been fought against the Bolivarian Revolution,” he added.  

Ortega continued, saying the elections prove to the world that Venezuela’s respect for the rights of its citizens and quality of life is a reflection of the “undeniable capabilities” of its president.

"I commend the Venezuelan people for another more developed election with a high level of participation, more than 60 percent for gubernatorial elections; a high level of participation, organized, peaceful,” he told Maya Vision.

"This great victory is a step of consolidation and progress of the Bolivarian Revolution; our people, the solidarity movements, the militancy, the leadership of the party we were expecting and we salute this great victory."

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Sunday's voter turnout was 61.14 percent. Maduro said it was the highest turnout in 15 years, given that more than 10 million people voted. The president also said the PSUV won 54 percent of the total vote.

This was the second election this year in the South American country. The first was held on July 30 to elect members of the ANC.

Maduro's PSUV won the pending 23rd governorship to claim a massive 18 in total.

International observers lauded the transparency of the electoral process. Cuba, Bolivia and several other countries also sent congratulations to the leftist government.


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