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Venezuelan bishops denounce government’s attempt to invalidate election

January 20, 2016

The bishops of Venezuela have issued a pastoral exhortation denouncing the government’s attempt to invalidate the results of recent parliamentary elections.

On December 6, the leading opposition party defeated the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela by a 56%-41% margin.

The people expressed their desire “to live in democracy and not in a totalitarian and exclusionary system,” the bishops said, adding that the attempt to invalidate the election results “is morally unacceptable and cries to heaven.”

The bishops also lamented corruption, runaway inflation, long shopping lines for food, and prison conditions.

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