U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues, today issued the following statement regarding the results of Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday:
“I congratulate the Argentine people and president-elect Mauricio Macri for a successful election in Argentina. The country has clearly chosen a new direction.
“For the first time in many years, the United States has an opportunity to work with Argentina’s leaders in supporting democracy and human rights, and in championing freedom throughout the Western Hemisphere. With this election result, I also hope that a fair and impartial investigation can finally be conducted into the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was investigating Iran’s involvement in the bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people in 1994. Justice for Mr. Nisman and for the victims of the 1994 terrorist attack is long overdue.
“As Florida’s senator, I am proud to represent many Argentines who call Florida home. The United States should stand ready to help Argentina re-establish its natural and rightful place among the region’s political and economic leaders. It is my sincere hope that we can once again revive the strong and mutually beneficial relationship that we have enjoyed in the past.”
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues, issued the following statement today regarding Venezuela’s historic elections:
“The people of Venezuela have courageously stood up demanding a better future and rejected not just the Maduro regime and all the misery it has brought to Venezuela, but also the axis of repression and tyranny that it represents in the Western Hemisphere.
“Maduro and his followers should accept the will of the Venezuelan people, and accept accountability for mismanaging the economy, destroying the rule of law and violating the fundamental rights of countless Venezuelans. Acknowledging the will of the Venezuelan people by releasing all political prisoners, including Leopoldo Lopez, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and San Cristóbal Mayor Daniel Ceballos, would be a positive start and should happen immediately.
“These election results are even more remarkable considering the Obama Administration’s neglectful, and at times counterproductive, approach to the Western Hemisphere. This outcome in Venezuela comes at a time when the Obama Administration is propping up Maduro’s allies in Havana, and despite the fact that mounting serious human rights abuses and repression have been met largely with indifference from the White House and a failure to fully implement a sanctions law I helped pass last year to crack down on human rights violators.”