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European Commission: Venezuela could have done more

The European Commission criticized Friday the Venezuelan government performance during the election for parliament last Sunday. "It could have done much more" in terms of transparency; however, there were significant steps, AFP reported.

European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero Waldner made reference to the preliminary report of the UE electoral observation mission who was in Venezuela during the polls resulting in landslide victory of the ruling alliance.

"On the one hand, the authorities took significant steps to make the process more transparent and restore confidence. But, on the other hand, the government could have done much more for independence of the National Electoral Council and the media," Ferrero Waldner reasserted.

With turnout as low as 25 percent, the ruling alliance get the 167 seats in the National Assembly during the polls, where five major opposition parties were absent.

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