Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has renewed his call to the United Nations to arrange international accompaniment for the May 20 elections.
Maduro criticized the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) on Friday, accusing them of asking the U.N. not to send companions to Venezuela's forthcoming presidential and municipal elections.
"Violent plans of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) against the country will not pass, they will not be able to, in Venezuela peace will triumph, we will have elections on May 20," Maduro posted on Twitter.
Maduro also condemned the interventionism of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's government: "In Venezuela there will be no coup d'etat or imperialist intervention," he wrote.
On March 8, Maduro's ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) had also taken aim at the MUD for planning social unrest during the elections.
PSUV Vice-President Diosdado Cabello said the MUD – which has confirmed it will not be taking part in the elections – "wants to buy time" as it prepares to stir conflict, despite the electoral guarantees being offered by the National Electoral Council (CNE).