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Maduro Packs Electoral Council With Loyalists Ahead of Elections

  • High court lays groundwork for congressional vote in December
  • Venezuela opposition says elections are unlikely to be fair
Nicolas Maduro

Nicolas Maduro

Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Friday appointed five new members to the country’s Electoral Council, most of them loyal to Nicolas Maduro’s regime, in an accelerated approval process that bypassed the National Assembly.

By unilaterally designating the new officials, Maduro is seeking to firm up control over the electoral system ahead of December’s congressional elections. The move is a setback for the opposition, which was trying to nominate new leadership to the Electoral Council, known as CNE, via the Assembly.