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President Maduro calls for political dialogue post-elections

22/11/2021 06:52 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 -- Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has called for a political dialogue with all elected governors and mayors, following the regional and municipal elections on Sunday. In the elections, the Great Polo Patriótico (GPP) won 20 of the 23 governorships and the Mayor post of Libertador Municipality (Caracas).

 “I thank the Bolivarian people of Venezuela for giving us this victory, for giving us this strength and this power, which is the strength and power of the ordinary people. Thanks to the noble people of Venezuela, in whom we have always had faith, the president said at Miraflores Palace  as quoted in the statement sent to Bernama by the Venezuela embassy in Malaysia. 

 In his speech, the  Venezuelan Head of State highlighted the courage and high level of consciousness of Venezuelans, who are facing the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States.

The Chavista forces, in 22 years, have won 27 of the 29 elections," which says that we, the Chavismo, the Bolivarianism of the 21st  century, we really are... we are a determining force in the history of Venezuela" added Maduro, who urged the GPP leaders "to continue learning and rectifying mistakes, to overcome problems, and to seek solutions for the people".  

He called upon elected governors and mayors, as well as to all defeated candidates from various political forces to join hands in working for the people.

“We are going to work, with dialogue, with understanding, with will, with good faith. I extend my hand to the governors-elect of the opposition to make joint plans and support their states,” he added.

Maduro said that he will summon all governors to the Federal Council of Government, a body stipulated in the Magna Carta, in which plans for the development of the regions are coordinated and approved.

"We must unite and work together for Venezuela, we are always ready and willing," stressed the president, who said that productive development will be prioritised for the next few years.

The election on Sunday was the 29th elections in the last 22 years. 

A total of 8,151,793 voters (41.80 per cent of the electoral roll) voted for the 3,082 positions, for governors and mayors, as well as members of legislative councils and municipal councils.

Earlier President  Maduro had highlighted the presence of the 300 international observers coming from more than 55 countries, "that signals the interest of the world to know about these elections".

Among the international observers invited, two are from Malaysia.

"The Venezuelan electoral system is the only one in the world that has 18 audits," the president said on Sunday.

-- BERNAMA


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