December 6th local time, the Venezuelan Election Commission announced the preliminary results of the election of members of the National Congress (Parliament).
In the 82% of the preliminary election results, the ruling party in Venezuela won more than 3.5 million votes, accounting for 67% of the total votes. The new parliament will officially take office on January 5, 2021.
It is reported that the number of seats in the new parliament has increased from the previous 167 to 277 seats. The Venezuelan Parliament has the power to make laws and supervise the government.
The election went smoothly in strict compliance with epidemic prevention regulations.
In 2015, after winning a majority in Parliament, the opposition sent several times to Venezuelan President Maduro and refused to recognize the results of the 2018 general election.
Since then, Guaidó, an important opposition member, was elected as the chairman of the parliament in January 2019. He called himself “provisional president” and won the support of the United States and some Latin American countries. In January this year, in the internal elections of Venezuela’s parliament, opposition parliamentarian Pará became the new chairman of the parliament, but Guaidó refused to recognize the result.
Previously, the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela was bound to win the parliamentary election, hoping to end the previous division in the country through the election.
Venezuelan President Maduro also hopes that the international community can respect the results of the election.