Maduro claims sweeping victory in Venezuela elections boycotted by opposition politicians
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday declared victory in the country’s congressional elections, which were boycotted by opposition party leaders and seen widely by the international community as fraudulent.
“We have recovered the National Assembly with the majority vote of the Venezuelan people,” Maduro said in a televised address, according to The Associated Press. “It’s a great victory without a doubt for democracy.”
The win gives Maduro full control of the country’s socialist government, despite cries from protesters and other world powers of a rigged election, the AP noted.
Venezuela’s electoral fraud has already been committed. The results announced by the illegitimate Maduro regime will not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people. What’s happening today is a fraud and a sham, not an election.
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“Although I cannot promise a magic solution today, I can tell you with certainty and security: You are not alone. We will not give up,” Guaidó said. “We are going to give everything until we win.”
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