[News] Venezuela's presidential candidates have agreed to delay the slated April 22 elections until May 20
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Fri Mar 2 12:01:11 EST 2018
Venezuela: President Maduro 'Happy' as Elections Move to May 20
March 2, 2018
*Venezuela*'s *presidential* candidates have agreed to delay the slated
April 22 *elections *until May 20, it has been announced, a move
welcomed by President N*icolas Maduro*.
Campaign chiefs *Luis Romero* for *Henri Falcon*, and *Jorge Rodriguez*
for President Maduro, signed the agreement guaranteeing that all parties
would also respect the results of the rescheduled elections.
Maduro posted his support for the new agreement on social media, saying
through his Facebook page on Thursday that *democracy* and the political
rights of voters could only be guaranteed by way of the ballot box.
"I want to go to a process of *reconciliation* with all Venezuelans... I
feel very happy and satisfied with the agreement signed today with the
opposition," Maduro wrote.
Communications Minister *Jorge Rodriguez* told Reuters that Thursday's
agreement with Falcon's *Progressive Advance* party, and some other
movements, was evidence of a reconciliatory spirit that undercut foreign
criticism of autocratic rule in Venezuela.
"Venezuela is a model *democracy* for the whole world," Rodriguez told
reporters at the election board headquarters.
Meanwhile Romero, who leads Falcon's party, said the only way to bring
about change was via the polls, and not through protests similar to
those that killed nearly 130 people last year.
"Venezuelans want to get rid of Maduro, but not by killing each other in
the streets," he said, also speaking at the election board in downtown
Romero and Rodriguez attended a press conference Thursday at the
*National Election Counci*l, or *CNE*, where its chief *Tibisay Lucena
*announced the agreement and said a date would be set as part of
upcoming discussions between the government and opposition parties.
"We invite all organizations with political ends to participate in a
*dialogue* of electoral guarantees," Lucena told reporters at her
council’s headquarters as the two representatives signed the agreement.
The agreement also establishes that the elections of the members of
*state legislative councils* and of the *municipal councils* will also
take place at the same time as the *presidential election*, on May 20.
After the agreement was signed, Lucena said the parties "celebrate the
signing of an electoral guarantee agreement with the participation of
the political parties, who commit themselves before the country to carry
out the electoral process with greater tranquility and *transparency*."
The president said that "this agreement ratifies the dialogue in the
*Dominican Republic *and gives way to choosing our leaders and
representatives with the broadest electoral guarantees because the CNE
is committed and has complied with these agreements."
Six people have registered as candidates for the
presidential elections: current President Nicolas Maduro, Falcon,
Reinaldo Quijada, Francisco Visconti, Luis Alejandro Ratti, and the
evangelical pastor Javier Bertucci.
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