Venezuela revokes invitation for EU mission to observe presidential election in July

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National Electoral Council President Elvis Amoroso receives Jennie K. Lincoln, the Carter Center’s principal advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Caracas, Venezuela on April 16. (AP)

CARACAS, Venezuela, May 29, (AP): Venezuela’s electoral authorities on Tuesday revoked an invitation for a European Union mission to observe the country’s upcoming presidential election, in which President Nicolás Maduro is seeking reelection.
The head of the National Electoral Council, Elvis Amoroso, cited economic sanctions imposed by the 27-nation bloc as the reason for withdrawing the invitation. The EU had not yet accepted the invite that was extended earlier this year.
Amoroso said Tuesday’s decision is intended to show that EU representatives “are not welcome to come here to our country while the genocidal sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and especially its government, are maintained.”
The bloc, however, only maintains sanctions against more than 50 Venezuelans accused of acts of repression or efforts to undermine democracy, but not against the government as a whole.
The announcement came two weeks after the EU temporarily lifted sanctions against four officials linked to the electoral body, including Amoroso, in recognition of the steps taken ahead of the July 28 election. But the relief was vehemently rejected by Venezuela’s government and Amoroso, who argued it was selective and insufficient.
An EU statement called on the National Electoral Council to reconsider its decision.
“The Venezuelan people should be able to choose their next president in credible, transparent and competitive elections, supported by international observation, including that of the European Union, which has a long and distinguished record of independent and impartial observation,” said the statement posted on the platform X.

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