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 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.”
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Trump administration slaps new sanctions on Venezuela after ‘sham’ election
21 May, 2018
The move comes in response to the reelection of President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday, which official Washington has dismissed as a “sham” and refused to recognize.
“We call for the Maduro regime to restore democracy, hold free and fair elections, release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally, and end the repression and economic deprivation of the Venezuelan people,” Trump said in a statement.
Read more at https://www.rt.com/usa/427362-venezuela-sanctions-maduro-us/
China, Russia Call for Respecting Venezuela Elections, Condemn US Intervention
21 May, 2018
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.
“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.