Chile Expresses Concerns Over Lack of Conditions for Free Elections in Venezuela

Chile expresses concerns over Venezuela's upcoming elections, citing issues with political freedoms and the US backing a banned opposition figure. The article highlights ongoing tensions and the need for free and fair elections.

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Chile Expresses Concerns Over Lack of Conditions for Free Elections in Venezuela

Chile Expresses Concerns Over Lack of Conditions for Free Elections in Venezuela

The Chilean government has expressed concerns about the lack of conditions necessary for free and fair elections in Venezuela. Chilean President Gabriel Boric recalled the country's ambassador in Caracas for consultations, citing concerns over remarks made by Venezuela's foreign minister about the criminal organization Tren de Aragua.

The Venezuelan minister described the notorious gang, which has been accused of assassinations, drug trafficking, and kidnapping, as a "fiction created by the international media." Boric called the minister's statements "irresponsible" and a "serious insult to those who have been victims of this organization."

The Tren de Aragua has been a focus of criticism in Chile due to its alleged involvement in human smuggling, kidnapping, and drug trafficking. Boric said he would seek information from the Chilean ambassador and instruct him to take necessary actions.

The upcoming Venezuelan elections on July 28th have 13 candidates registered, including far-right opposition parties. However, the US seems to be backing Maria Corina Machado, a political figure who was banned from holding office in 2015 for advocating military intervention against Venezuela.

The US has threatened to reimpose harsh sanctions on Venezuela's oil exports, despite the fact that the country's last elections in 2018 were recognized as legitimate by international observers. The Venezuelan government has signed the Barbados Agreement with the US, which saw sanctions relief in exchange for promises of free and fair elections.

The US has also backed the political outsider Juan Guaido, whose far-right party received only 2% of the vote in the 2018 elections. Despite these challenges, the upcoming Venezuelan elections appear to be proceeding without major issues, with 37 political parties successfully registered.

Why this matters: The concerns raised by Chile highlight the ongoing political tensions and challenges surrounding the upcoming elections in Venezuela. The international community is closely monitoring the situation to ensure that the elections are conducted in a free and fair manner, and that all political parties and candidates have the opportunity to participate without interference or intimidation.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused the United States of not fulfilling the agreements made in confidential meetings held in Qatar and Milan, particularly regarding the lifting of illegal sanctions against Venezuela. Maduro stated that the US committed to lifting all unilateral sanctions against Venezuela, but has not complied with the signed agreements. He also warned that the US intends to monitor and control the Venezuelan oil industry through licenses.

Key Takeaways

  • Chile recalled ambassador over Venezuela minister's remarks on Tren de Aragua gang.
  • Upcoming Venezuelan elections on July 28th have 13 candidates, including far-right parties.
  • US backs Maria Corina Machado, banned from office in 2015 for advocating military intervention.
  • Venezuela signed Barbados Agreement with US for sanctions relief in exchange for free elections.
  • Maduro accused US of not fulfilling agreements to lift sanctions against Venezuela.