Vote Strengthens Independence and Sovereignty, Venezuelan FM Says

Caracas, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The vote strengthens Venezuela's Independence and sovereignty, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Sunday, when citizens are voting in the municipal elections.

It is the fifth election over the past 16 months in the country. The Municipal Councils are essential for local life; no one will take us to a conflict. In Venezuela, solutions are built in democracy, the diplomat wrote on his Twitter account.

For his part, the vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, noted that the election is running smoothly.

'We are moving towards a new victory of the revolutionary forces, we report normality in the installation of the boards and voting stations,' Cabello said on Twitter.

The National Electoral Council of Venezuela called on more than 20.704 million people to vote for 2,459 municipal council people with their substitutes for the 2019-2022 period.

According to reports, 51 political organizations, 21 national and 11 regional parties, and indigenous and regional organizations are participating in the elections.

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China, Russia Call for Respecting Venezuela Elections, Condemn US Intervention

President Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes.

A day after the Venezuelan general elections, China and Russia called Monday for respecting the country's democratic process and rejected attempts of interfence by the United States and other regional powers. 

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"The parties involved must respect the decision of the Venezuelan people," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a press conference in Beijing, as he encouraged resolving any dispute through legal channels, EFE reported. 

Kang affirmed China's policy of not interfering in internal affairs of other countries and was convinced that the Venezuelan government and citizens will be able to resolve the issues.  "China will address the relevant issues in accordance with diplomatic practice," the spokesman added. 

President Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes, the country's National Electoral Council (CNE) reported.  

The opposition candidate, former governor, Henri Falcón came second after Maduro - and the evangelical expiator Javier Bertucci have made accusations of irregularities. 

Maduro's win comes at a time when the United States and its right-wing regional allies as well as several European governments have made several attempts to intervene in Venezuela's presidential elections through sanctions and boycott calls against the Venezuelan election saying they won't recognize the results, policies that were rejected by the Russian Foreign Ministry Monday.  

"We regrettably have to note that in these elections, in addition to the two traditional participants, that is, the Venezuelan people, the electors, on the one hand, and on the other the candidates who presented their programs ... there was a third participant, the governments who openly called for a boycott of the vote," said Alexánder Schetinin, director of the Latin American Department of the Foreign Ministry.  

Schetinin also added that Russia is often accused of meddling in other countries' elections but in Venezuela's case, some countries have meddled indiscriminately.

He added that some countries put obstacles "among others to hinder the voting in their territories of Venezuelans who are abroad." 

"And even worse when a whole series of governments, including the one you are appointing (United States), a priori declared that they would not recognize the results," he said during a press conference, the Interfax news agency reported. 

"The elections have been held and their results have an irreversible character: two-thirds of the votes went to the current president of the country, Nicolás Maduro," he concluded. 

While Many countries in Latin America have recognized the Venezuelan elections and congratulated President Maduro, such as Cuba, Bolivia and El Salvador, right-wing governments in the region have dismissed the vote as "illegtimate" echoing statements by the U.S. and Canada and some Western countries who had dismissed the vote and teh results before the election had even taken place.

The so-called Lima Group plus Canada issued a statement Monday saying it did not recognize the legitimacy of Venezuela's presidential election. The statement said the countries would call their ambassadors back from Caracas for consultations and hold a meeting to coordinate a regional response to what they call "crisis" in Venezuela. They also said they would seek a new resolution on "the situation" in the South American country.

Such attempts of interference into Venezuela's internal affairs have repeatedly been rejected over the past few months by the government in Caracas as well as left-wing governments in the region.

The Lima Group includes Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Santa Lucia, Canada, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

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Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuelan Presidential Elections

President and candidate Nicolas Maduro won the Sunday elections.

Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes, the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced Sunday night.

With 92.6 percent of the votes counted, Maduro had 5.8 million votes, while his closest rival, former governor Henri Falcón getting 1.8 million votes, said CNE President Tibisay Lucena who added that in total, 8.6 million Venezuelans voted, out of an electoral registry of 20.5 million people.

"We are the force of history turned into popular victory," Maduro told his supporters after the CNE announcement. "Thank you to facing so many aggressions and lies, thank you for overcoming it, and for making me president of Venezuela for the next term."

The president further thanked the Venezuelan people for their support and voting him into a second term with 68 percent of the vote. "The people in Venezuela has to be respected."

As results came out, Maduro supporters let off fireworks in poor Caracas neighborhoods and danced to Latin pop around the downtown Miraflores presidential palace. He took 5.8 million votes, versus 1.8 for his nearest rival Henri Falcon, the board said.

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Polling Stations Close in Venezuela Elections

Most polls have shown that the incumbent president and candidate Maduro leads the vote intention.

Voting centers have closed throughout Venezuela Sunday, the country's National Electoral Council (CNE) confirmed Sunday night, after million citizens voted to elect president and members of the regional legislative councils in a festive mood as it has been the case for the past few decades in which more than 20 elections have taken place.

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The polls were due to close at 6:00 p.m. local time but those who are waiting to vote were allowed to continue casting their vote beyond the set time.

President Maduro already cast his vote early Sunday morning in Caracas before giving a speech calling on people to go to vote and rejecting accusations from the United States and its allies that his government is a “dictatorship.”

Henri Falcón, Javier Bertucci and Reinaldo Quijada are the opposition candidates who opted for the democratic way, unlike a faction of the opposition that called for abstention in favor of pushing for more sanctions, a military coup or foreign intervention.

Most polls have shown that the incumbent president and candidate Maduro leads the vote intention. starts with an advantage to win according to the majority of the polls.

Maduro held more than 30 mass events during the electoral campaign in the country’s 23 states where he presented the fundamental lines of the “Plan de la Patria” ot the plan for the homeland 2019-2025, a government project that received thousands of proposals from the Venezuelan people.

In that sense, the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, reiterated that the electoral agency categorically rejects the attempts of interference and sabotage of some governments in the region and assured that the vote will go on in a democratic and fair way.

@telesurenglish As polls open in and people exercise their right to vote within the country, several embassies have already held polls for Venezuelan expats.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Confirms 8 Opposition Electoral Wins Challenged

CARACAS - Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice confirmed Tuesday that ruling Socialist Party candidates have filed appeals challenging the recent electoral victory of eight members of the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable, or MUD, fueling tension just days before the first session of the new parliament.

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Maduro Admits Errors and Corruption Led to Electoral Defeat

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Wednesday blamed errors by his government, the bureaucracy, and a "corruption that enveloped revolutionary policies" for Sunday's electoral defeat for his party, but maintained the main enemy is the "fascist right."

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