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International Community Responds to Venezuelan Presidential Election : May 21, 2018
International Community Responds to Venezuelan Presidential Election
Linda Grimm

At the beginning of 2018, Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly called for a snap presidential election to take place in the spring instead of in December, as had been scheduled. The significant reduction in campaign time and restrictions placed on opposition groups by other official measures were widely viewed as a government-led effort to rig the election in President Nicolás Maduro’s favor. Opposition leaders and many within the international community declared the election illegitimate and refused to recognize Maduro’s victory.

Early Allegations of Election Rigging

Venezuela has typically held its presidential elections in the last December of a president’s six-year term, since new presidential terms ...

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