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Published 23 May 2018

The ministry said the election was certified and approved by more than 300 observing guests from 56 countries and various international organizations.

Venezuela rejected Wednesday a statement from the European Union (EU) on the presidential elections in which President Nicolás Maduro was re-elected and accused the bloc of incurring "induced prejudices" and "unfounded accusations."

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The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry added in a statement that the European bloc did not accept an invitation to attend the elections as observers.
He added that the EU preferred to incur "in induced prejudices and issue unfounded accusations, which in no way spoil the trustworthiness attributed to the Venezuelan elections, the more than 300 guests", part of them from allied countries.

The ministry said the election was certified and approved by more than 300 guests of the National Accompaniment Program of the National Electoral Council, from 56 countries, as well as representatives of various international organizations.

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela hopes that the European Union will maintain the indispensable attachment to International Law, the principle of non-intervention in internal affairs, respect for sovereignty and self-determination of the Peoples, while inviting countries and institutions to develop a respectful and comprehensive cooperation relationship with Venezuela, the Bolivarian government and its institutions.”

The statement comes a day after the EU said elections in Venezuela did not meet international minimum standards in electoral processes and warned that it would consider "adopting appropriate measures."

The European position echoed comments by the United States, which also announced new sanctions against Venezuela, and Latin American countries that have criticized the lack of “transparency and balance” of the elections.
President Maduro won the election on Sunday with 6.2 million votes, which corresponds to 68 percent of those who have voted.

On Tuesday, the United States imposed new sanctions that complicate the financial situation of the oil country, which further continued the policy of intervention and interference by Washington and its regional allies who seek to oust the leftist government.


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