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Venezuela rejects EU’s criticism of it’s elections

Caracas: Venezuela has rejected the European Union’s criticism of it’s parliamentary vote, terming it as an interference into its internal affairs.

The reaction by the South American nation came after EU foreign ministers refused to recognize the poll outcome.

EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell had said on Monday that 27 ministers agreed that the December six election, which put the pro-president United Socialist Party in the lead, was neither free or fair.

A statement by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza read

“It is regrettable that the EU presses ahead with its policy of interference in Venezuela’s affairs, in a flagrant disregard of basic principles of international law,”.

Borrell argued that the poll had failed to mobilize Venezuelans to participate, claiming that only 31 percent of eligible voters cast ballots after an opposition coalition of US-backed politician Juan Guaido boycotted the election.

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