The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU), criticized the Constituent Assembly vote held yesterday by Venezuela and suggested that it will not recognize its results.
“A Constituent Assembly elected under dubious and often violent circumstances can not be part of the solution,” said the European Commission in a statement released today and read by the deputy spokeswoman Mina Andreeva.
“The Commission has serious doubts as to whether the outcome can be recognized. The High Representative is working on a response.”
Protests marked the weekend in Venezuela, as the opposition to Nicol?s Maduro government marched against the election of the Constituent Assembly in the country. Demonstrations turned violent in some regions, and more than a dozen people died, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict (OVCS).
“The European Union condemns the excessive and disproportionate use of force by security forces,” the European Commission said in the statement. “The government of Venezuela has a responsibility to guarantee the rule of law and people’s fundamental rights, such as to freedom of expression and peaceful protest.”
According to the Electoral Commission, more than 8 million people participated in yesterday’s vote, which would represent 41% of the country’s voters. The opposition boycotted the vote fearing that the new assembly could dissolve the opposition-controlled Congress or postpone general elections.
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