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The opponent vénézué link Maria Corina Machado out of race

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Candidate Maria Corina Machado during an event in Caracas on January 23.

Agence France-Presse

Maria Corina Machado, who won hands down hand the Venezuelan opposition primary for the 2024 presidential election, is for the moment out of the race: the Supreme Court of Venezuela, often accused of being at the orders of those in power, confirmed his ineligibility on Friday. /p>

Ms. Machado, 56, is disqualified for 15 years, the Court wrote, deeming null the request of the candidate, who contested her ineligibility for administrative irregularities and treason, after having supported American sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro. The opposition has always refused these sanctions, believing that Ms. Machado was innocent.

President Nicolas Maduro is taking the worst path towards fraudulent elections, responded Ms. Machado. This won't happen. Let no one doubt it, we will go to the end, she said on the X network.

The regime has decided to terminate the Barbados agreement. What is NOT over is our struggle to win democracy through free and fair elections.

A quote from Maria Corina Machado

The Court's decision was eagerly awaited, the opposition – which had boycotted the 2018 presidential election – and the United States having lifted ineligibilities opponents one of their hobby horses.

The United States has not yet reacted to this decision.

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ELSE ON NEWS: Roundup: Monsanto ordered to pay US$2.25 billion to man with cancer< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Many observers believe that Ms. Machado, a liberal known for her combativeness, may be able to rally behind her an opposition often divided in the past against Nicolas Maduro, who will run for office a third presidential term.

The government has often used the stratagem of ineligibility to exclude rivals both at the national and local level.

The lifting of the ineligibility of opponents is one of the main sticking points in the negotiations between power and opposition. The agreement they signed in Barbados in October 2023 opened the possibility for those aspiring to run for president in 2024 to challenge their ineligibility. Ms. Machado had submitted an appeal in this context.

The Barbados agreement also provided that the presidential election would be held in the second half of 2024 with the presence of international observers. The United States announced a six-month relaxation of its sanctions following these agreements.

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Opponent Henrique Capriles also saw his ineligibility confirmed for 15 years, due to alleged administrative irregularities when he was governor of Miranda state.

Unhappy candidate in 2012 against former president Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, then against current president Nicolas Maduro in 2013, the opponent Henrique Capriles, who had given up participating in the opposition primaries, also saw his ineligibility confirmed for 15 years, due to alleged administrative irregularities when he was governor of Miranda State.

What they can never disqualify is the aspiration for change of the Venezuelan people. The dream of having a country where the Constitution and laws are equal and respected by all. Where the government takes care of ensuring the well-being and quality of life of the population […]. 2024 must be the year of the Venezuelan people.

A quote from Henrique Capriles, also ineligible opponent

Accused of administrative irregularities, Ms. Machado was declared ineligible for a year in 2015 for having participated as Panama's alternate ambassador in a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS). Panama had invited her to allow her to denounce alleged human rights violations during protests calling for Mr. Maduro's departure. The repression had left around forty dead.

Ms. Machado saw the duration of her ineligibility extended to 15 years in June 2023, for having requested x27;application of American sanctions. She has always assured that she was never officially informed of this measure.

Despite her ineligibility, she received more than 2 million votes (92% of the vote) during the opposition primaries in October.

On Thursday, President Maduro said the Barbados Accords were mortally wounded after authorities announced in recent days that they had foiled plots to assassinate him.

For his part, the President of Parliament, Jorge Rodriguez, also head of the delegation of power during the negotiations with the opposition, had minimized the importance of these agreements of Barbados: With or without sanctions, with or without opposition, with or without international observers […] in 2024, there will be presidential elections, because that is what the constitution provides.

He also hinted at the court decision concerning Ms. Machado: It is out of the question that this woman is a candidate in any election whatsoever.

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