Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

China Asks to Respect Election Results in Venezuela

China Asks to Respect Election Results in Venezuela

President Donald Trump on Monday tightened financial sanctions against Venezuela following what the USA called a "sham" election, making it harder for the government to sell off state assets.

Maduro has attacked the democratic institutions of Venezuela over the past several years and worked to stamp out opposition to his government, which is facing intense condemnation over its handling of rampant inflation and economic decline.

"We do not recognise this electoral process as valid. we have to have new elections in Venezuela", he said.

"For us, there were no elections".

However, Maduro's government said the USA was using new sanctions to sabotage the election. They underestimated me. Never before has a presidential candidate taken 68 percent of the popular vote.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro places his fist against his heart as he arrives with his wife Cilia Flores to address supporters from the presidential palace after the National Electoral Council said he was re-elected in a vote marred by opposition boycott in Caracas, Venezuela on Sunday.

"We won again! We triumphed again!"

Opposition leader Omar Barboza said Monday that the Broad Front and the United Democratic Roundtable will push for a "free, transparent" election with global observers in the last trimester of 2018.

Maduro won the elections with just over 5.8 million in elections with Falcon trailing on 1,820,552 votes.

According to The Associated Press, "Falcon was joined in his call for a new election by third-place finisher Javier Bertucci, who got around 11 percent of the vote".

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Maduro has ruled the South American nation since the death of his predecessor Hugo Chavez in 2013.

Hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages, rising crime and broken water, power and transportation networks have sparked violent unrest, and left Maduro with a 75 percent disapproval rating. The presence of government troops around polling stations also ensured the safety of voters.

"The United States will not sit idly by as Venezuela crumbles and the misery of their fearless people continues", Pence said in a statement.

As the polls opened, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the "sham" election.

It also vowed they would "reduce their level of diplomatic relations" with Venezuela in response to a vote it said didn't meet global standards.

The government has set up so-called red point zones near polling stations so Venezuelans can scan their state-issued "fatherland cards" used to receive benefits including food boxes and money transfers.

Voting centers appeared largely empty in opposition areas across Venezuela and were even lackluster in government strongholds. Instead, the boycotting party usually emerges weaker and the incumbent empowered.

The European Union had already imposed sanctions on seven top Venezuelan officials including the head of the pro-government election council in January. Turnout in the previous three presidential elections averaged 79 percent.

Maduro is accused of undermining democracy, usurping the power of the opposition-dominated legislature by replacing it with his Constituent Assembly and cracking down hard on the opposition.

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