the PSUV wins 20 governorships

(CNN) — The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 20 of the 23 governorships and the mayoralty of the Libertador Municipality, which includes part of Caracas, in the local elections on Sunday, the president of the Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE) announced on Monday, Pedro Calzadilla, in Caracas.

With 90.21% of the votes counted, Calzadilla announced that the turnout was 41.8%, for the first election in which the Venezuelan opposition has participated since 2018.

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According to preliminary results, the party led by the questioned president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, won overwhelmingly. The opposition parties won only three states, Cojedes, Nueva Esparta and Zulia.

Shortly after Calzadilla announced the results, Maduro addressed the nation from the presidential palace to celebrate the Outcome. “Out of 24 we won 21. It is a good result, the result of our hard work and our honesty,” said Maduro.

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Opposition in elections

Sunday was the first time that the Venezuelan opposition decided to participate in the elections since 2018. However, voters did not turn out to vote en masse. Turnout was the lowest recorded among elections that included opposition turnout.

While the elections were largely peaceful, at least one man was killed in a shootout outside a polling station in the western state of Zulia, authorities said. The motive for the shooting has not been clarified.

The US describes the elections as “irregular” and Maduro responds

This Monday, the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, said through a statement that the elections were irregular. “The Maduro regime once again deprived Venezuelans of their right to participate in a free and fair electoral process during the regional and local elections that were held in Venezuela on November 21,” Blinken said.

“The United States supports the desire of the people of Venezuela for a peaceful restoration of democracy through free and fair elections, with full respect for the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. We congratulate the political parties and candidates, the as well as the voters, who decided to participate in this process despite its shortcomings, in order to preserve and defend a democratic space that is urgently needed, “the statement added.

The government rejected the claim and stated that the United States government was unsuccessful in its “systematic process of ignoring electoral processes.”

“As the electoral results have been released, it is clear enough that the big loser is US imperialism and its allies in Venezuela, who suffered a resounding defeat for turning their back on the people, inciting the application of illegal coercive measures against all the population and surrender to foreign interests, “says a statement published by the Government.