Venezuela: Election Results Create Opportunity for Economic and Democratic Change

Washington

In response to Sunday’s legislative elections in Venezuela, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“We congratulate the Venezuelan people for their dedication to democracy, as reflected in the remarkable participation rate of 74 percent,” said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America programs. “Venezuelans were unequivocal in expressing their discontent with the country’s trajectory. President Maduro’s administration should hold meaningful dialogue with the opposition and allow the new National Assembly to take steps to resolve the country’s economic problems and restore the integrity and independence of its institutions, in accordance with the popular will.”

Background:

According to official results, the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) won 99 seats in the National Assembly, with the governing United Socialist Party (PSUV) winning 46. Twenty-two seats remained too close to call as of early Monday. The MUD would need 111 total seats for a two-thirds super majority.

Venezuela is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2015

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