The European Union (EU) “deeply regrets” the installation of the new parliament in Venezuela, controlled by Chavismo, which it considers to be the product of “undemocratic” elections, the bloc’s head of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said on Wednesday.
In an official note, Borrell reiterated that the conditions in which the legislative elections were held in December in Venezuela “do not allow the EU to recognize the electoral process as credible, inclusive or transparent.”
On Tuesday, the new Venezuelan Parliament assumed its functions, with which the ruling party regained control of the legislature after its victory in the elections on December 6, marked by the boycott of the bulk of the opposition and a high level of abstention.
The president of the recently installed National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, said that Chavismo is obliged “to exorcism”, after five years in which the legislature was controlled by the opposition, two of them under the leadership of Juan Guaidó, whom numerous countries recognized as president in charge of Venezuela.
The outgoing Parliament of Guaidó, which claims its “continuity” claiming that the December votes were “a sham”, thanked Borrell’s “support” for the cause of freedom in a statement on Wednesday.
“The European Union, through its High Representative, has rejected the electoral fraud perpetrated by the dictatorship and does not consider that its result is representative of the democratic will of the Venezuelan people,” the text underlined.
On Tuesday, before the camera, Rodríguez called for a “great political dialogue” with the entire opposition, including the parties and leaders that boycotted the December elections, but warned that it would not be a “reconciliation with amnesia.”
Borrell called on “the Venezuelan authorities and leaders” to “come together to initiate a transition process led by Venezuelans, to find a peaceful, inclusive and sustainable solution to the political crisis.”
In this regard, he added that the EU “remains ready to support such a process” and “take additional specific measures.”
The EU had sent a mission to Caracas to convince the Venezuelan authorities to postpone the legislative elections for a period of “five or six months” in order to deploy an electoral observation mission.
The efforts were unsuccessful and the elections were held, despite warnings, with the boycott of Guaidó and his allies.
The EU considers the Parliament headed by Guaidó, elected in 2015, as “the last free expression of Venezuelans in an electoral process.”