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.