Venezuela's presidential elections slated for April 22

Reuters

"Given the decision of Venezuelan electoral authorities to call a snap election for April 22, which does not warrant a fair, free, transparent and democratic process, the Peruvian government has invited Lima Group member countries to meet this Tuesday, February 13, in the Peruvian capital, to evaluate measures to respond to the Venezuelan political situation", it said.

Some nations are refusing to recognize the outcome.

President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, reaffirmed on Sunday that the government delegation is ready to sign the agreement of peace and coexistence with the opposition of that country.

CGTN's Juan Carlos Lamas spoke with Venezuelan's concerned the vote will be unfair.

Venezuela's presidential elections have been set for April 22 as talks between the government and opposition aimed at promoting peace and unity appeared to crumble.

Opposition leaders said the early date will benefit incumbent President Nicolás Maduro - who is the only candidate so far.




After surviving months of massive street protests a year ago, Maduro has consolidated his power by creating a new legislative superbody and sidelining opposition parties. The most popular figureheads are both unable to run; Henrique Capriles is barred from office while Leopoldo Lopez is under house arrest.

Despite the near collapse of the Venezuelan economy including severe food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation, Maduro considers himself a sure-thing having stated: "I know the people love me".

The announcement comes hours after a breakdown in negotiations between Venezuela's ruling socialist party and opposition politicians. But those meetings broke up with no agreement.

But other opposition activists say they have to keep up pressure by voting, and an upset could occur given public disgust at growing national penury.

He highlighted the recent achievements of the Venezuelan Government in the elections for the Constituent Assembly and the municipal and regional elections, as well as its policy of dialogue with the opposition, with foreign observers.

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