Caracas: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that opposition parties will not be able to take part in presidential elections because they boycotted municipal elections.
"The parties that did not participate today in the elections will no longer be able to participate, and those who called for participation in the boycott can no longer participate. They will disappear from the political map. The parties "For Justice" and "Narodnaya Volya" will disappear, "Maduro said, El Nacional reports.
Venezuela held municipal elections on December 10. The country's citizens elected 335 heads of local administrations out of 1,568 candidates.
The largest opposition parties refused to participate in these elections, thus, according to various experts, will ensure the complete victory of the Socialist Party of the incumbent President Nicolas Maduro.
In October this year, Venezuela held a regional election. The victory was won by the ruling "United Socialist Party" President Maduro. Before the elections, the Venezuelan opposition declared political persecution of its candidates.
The political crisis in Venezuela worsened after the election of the Constituent Assembly, as the election results are not recognized by the European Parliament, the Organization of American States, which includes 34 countries in Latin America (FNI except for Cuba), the United States and many other countries.
Since the spring of this year, in Venezuela in protest against President Nicholas Maduro's policy, massive anti-government demonstrations have taken place, during which more than 100 people were killed. Among the demands of the demonstrators is the abolition of the convocation of the Constituent Assembly, whose purpose is to amend the country's constitution, early election of a new president and the full restoration of democracy in Venezuela.