Following Venezuela’s vote, which lacked credibility, the European Union is calling for “fresh presidential elections” as it prepares to impose more targeted sanctions against officials in the South American country.
On May 20, Nicolas Maduro was re-elected for a second six-year term as Venezuela’s president in an election flawed by low turnout, the main oppositions either barred or imprisoned and other several voting irregularities.
The EU’s foreign ministers at a regular meeting in Brussels on Monday said in a statement that the vote “lacked any credibility as the electoral process did not ensure the necessary guarantees for inclusive and democratic elections.
“The EU will act swiftly, according to established procedures, with the aim of imposing additional targeted and reversible restrictive measures, that do not harm the Venezuelan population, whose plight the EU wishes to alleviate,” it added.
According to reports, the sanctions are expected to be formally adopted at a meeting on June 25 in Luxembourg.
It is reported that the bloc was considering imposing sanctions on 11 officials.
The EU had in January 2017, issued a travel ban and an asset freeze to seven Venezuelan individuals and in November, imposed an arms embargo.
According to official results, Maduro won the election by securing 5.8 million votes, while his main opponent, Henri Falcon, garnered a total of 1.8 million votes.