The People of Venezuela Must Have the Opportunity to Chart a New Course
WASHINGTON —Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement regarding Venezuela’s upcoming elections this Sunday.
“On the eve of Sunday's elections, the people of Venezuela must have the opportunity to chart a new course with elections that are free of corruption, intimidation or interference. The Chavez-Maduro legacy of shortages, skyrocketing inflation, corruption, oppression and violence has devastated Venezuela's economy, curtailed liberties, and repressed civil society. The imprisoned members of Venezuela's opposition are a testament to the courage of Venezuela's independent leaders, and to the repression that they endure.
“I stand with the people of Venezuela as they demand a government that responds to their needs, respects basic liberties of expression, media, and association, and promotes democratic institutions such as an independent judiciary. We can only hope that this election will not end like past elections that have been stolen by Venezuelan dictators. When the Maduro regime has finally come to an end, Venezuela can launch a new course toward prosperity, liberty, and honest government. I fully support the brave opposition leaders and pray that Sunday will mark the start of Venezuela's brighter future.”