[News] Predictable - US Condemns Venezuela Vote - Over 8 million people voted Sunday, a turnout of over 41 percent

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  In Predictable Move, US Condemns Venezuela Constituent Assembly

July 31, 2017
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Venezuela's historic National Constituent Assembly election on Sunday 
has provoked condemnation from several Latin American countries. Peru, 
Colombia, and Mexico have refused to recognize the elections results 
despite The Council of Electoral Specialist of Latin America, CEELA, 
determination that

The United States condemned the elections for Venezuela’s National 
Constituent Assembly Sunday, after President Donald Trump's 
administration made good on its threat to impose new sanctions on the 
government if it went through with the constitutionally approved ANC 
last week.

With no irony intended, the United States criticized the process as an 
attempt to “weaken the right of the Venezuelan people to 
self-determination.”

In a press statement, the U.S. State Department said, "We will continue 
to take strong and swift actions against the architects of 
authoritarianism in Venezuela, including those who participate in the 
National Constituent Assembly as a result of today’s flawed election."

Over eight million people voted in Venezuela's election Sunday, a 
turnout of over 41 percent 
<http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Over-8-Million-Vote-in-Venezuelas-National-Constituent-Assembly-Election-20170730-0040.html>, 
according to electoral authorities.

Voting hours were extended by due to the overwhelming response, as 
hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans from across the country lined up 
long before dawn to cast their ballots for the 545 candidates.

Voting hours were extended by due to the overwhelming response, as 
hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans from across the country lined up 
long before dawn to cast their ballots for the 545 candidates.

The voting process was peaceful with the exception of a few isolated 
incidents of violence by opposition supporters who protested and staged 
guarimbas in a bid to shut down the election.

However, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday 
that the election for a Constituent Assembly was a "step toward 
dictatorship" and that the United States will not accept an illegitimate 
government in Caracas.

The State Department, however, found legitimacy in the July 16 
referendum organized by sectors of the opposition which was non-binding 
and informal. Since the opposition destroyed ballots after the vote, 
there is no way of knowing how many people actually voted, which also 
saw people easily vote more than once. But the right-wing alleges that 
about 7.1 million people voted.

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