Washington, D.C. – As Venezuela prepares to hold its presidential election, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement:
“This Sunday, April 14th, the Venezuelan people will go to the ballot box to determine what direction their country should take.
“The interim government has the obligation to conduct a free and transparent electoral process, ensure the safety of all voters, and respect the will of the voters as expressed in legitimate election results. We urge the administration and all democracies in the region to closely observe this weekend’s voting to ensure that all those wanting to participate are given the respect to exercise their rights.
“The Venezuelan people should know that the democracies of the Western Hemisphere stand ready to hold accountable any individual threatening to disrupt the peaceful conduct of free and fair elections and will be ready to support Venezuela’s new leaders if they seek to reverse the socialist disaster of the past 14 years and restore the rule of law, democratic principles, security and free enterprise. The Venezuelan people deserve better and we look forward to the opportunity to one day rebuild our once strong friendship based on shared principles and values.”