Venezuela rejects E.U. complaint on barred candidates

Por Venezuela Real - 23 de Octubre, 2008, 18:41, Categoría: Política Internacional

Associated Press
Miami Herald
October 23, 2008

CARACAS -- Venezuela's top anti-corruption official on Thursday defended his decision to bar nearly 300 politicians from running in next month's local and state elections, downplaying a European Union resolution that strongly condemned his actions.

Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russian, a close ally of President Hugo Chávez, argued Venezuelan law gives him the right to impose electoral sanctions on citizens suspected of corruption.

''It's not a violation of human rights, it's a measure against corruption,'' said Russian, who released a list in February of 272 mostly opposition-aligned politicians banned from running in the Nov. 23 elections while they are under investigation for alleged acts of corruption.

In a resolution approved on Thursday, the E.U. parliament said banning candidates is just one in a series of government measures designed to intimidate the opposition.

E.U. lawmakers voted 51 to 1 in favor of the resolution, which urged the Chávez government to ``foster a more participatory government.''

Thursday's E.U. resolution also criticized Chávez for expelling two human rights activists last month.





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