The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, announced that the presidential elections will be postponed to May 20th, 2018. They were scheduled initially for April 22nd, 2018.
The decision responds to an agreement between the ruling party, which supports the candidacy of the current president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and the opposition parties Avanzada Progresista (AP), Copei and Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) that back candidate Henri Falcón. The Coalition of opposition parties Mesa de Unidad Democrática decided not to participate of the election because they consider that the minimum guarantees for transparent elections are not given.
In addition, Lucena announced that elections for state legislative councils and municipal councils will also be held May 20th. However, the CNE did not pronounce itself regarding the date of the election for members of the National Assembly. These announcements take place amid conflicts between the National Constituent Assembly (controlled by the ruling party) and the National Assembly (controlled by the opposition parties).