Venezuela: Opposition ends election boycott to run in local polls

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Venezuelan opposition parties have announced that they will participate in the regional and municipal elections scheduled for November, reversing ground from their previous boycotts in recent years. Tuesday’s announcement came days before the opposition and the government of President Nicolas Maduro are expected to meet in Mexico City to continue negotiations on finding a common path out of Venezuela’s political standoff. Both sides agreed to discuss electoral matters as part of the dialogue, which officially began earlier this month. … The opposition parties grouped in the so-called ‘Unitary Platform’ and led by Juan Guaido boycotted previous elections, including the re-election of Maduro as president in May 2018, arguing that Venezuela lacks the conditions for free and just contests.” [editor’s note: Yes, Maduro blocking all significant opponents from the ballot and/or jailing them has caused recent elections to “lack the conditions” – TLK] (09/02/21)