The United States and more than a dozen Latin American countries today warned Venezuela its presidential election next month would be seen as illegitimate by the region unless it restored democratic standards.
US Vice President Mike Pence, representing America at the summit, said the election was a "sham." "The United States is prepared to continue to bring all pressure to bear, working with our allies," to restore democracy in Venezuela, he told reporters.
The statement demanded "necessary guarantees" for the Venezuelan poll to be recognised: a fair and transparent electoral process; the release of political prisoners; and the participation of the opposition, which has been largely excluded.
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