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Spain's Ex-President Props Elections Held in Venezuela

  • Spain's ex-President Jose Rodriguez Zapatero (L) meets CNE President Indira Alfonzo (R), Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 6, 2020.

    Spain's ex-President Jose Rodriguez Zapatero (L) meets CNE President Indira Alfonzo (R), Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 6, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @ve_cne

Published 7 December 2020
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"The policy of sanctions and non-recognition could lead us to the greatest absurdity in the history of International Law," Rodriguez Zapatero warned.

Spain's former President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (2004-2011) highlighted that the parliamentary elections held in Venezuela on Sunday must be the end of "unfair and incomprehensible sanctions" against Venezuela.

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He rejected the U.S. policy of aggression and violence promoted against the Bolivarian nation, noting that only "voting" and "dialogue" are the way to develop constructive relations.

Rodriguez Zapatero called upon the European Union (EU) to "separate itself" from President Donald Trump's approach towards Venezuela, while also urging for "a serene and calm reflection" and the reconsideration of EU sanctions. 

"I consider that this electoral process is addressable, for those who are participating. But, those who have not wanted to participate in these parliamentary elections have no moral attitude to question anyone," he said. 

Venezuelan authorities have rejected the intrusive policy of the EU that asked to postpone the elections and extended sanctions on the country for another year.

Rodriguez Zapatero was the fifth President following the re-establishment of the democratic order in Spain in 1975 and held the Secretary-General post of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) from 2000 until 2012.

"The policy of sanctions and non-recognition could lead us to the greatest absurdity in the history of International Law," he warned.

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