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Disqualification of opponents, the old strategy of Chavismo to keep Maduro in power in Venezuela

Disqualification of opponents, the old strategy of Chavismo to keep Maduro in power in Venezuela

Disqualification of opponents, the old strategy of Chavismo to keep Maduro in power in Venezuela

With the disabling of Maria Corina MachadoChavismo returns to appeal to an old strategy to neutralize the opponents of the regime who have the possibility of defeating Nicolas Maduro in elections, this time for the presidential elections to be held in 2024 in Venezuela.

At the end of June, the Comptroller General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (CGR) reported that he disqualified the former opposition deputy Maria Corina Machado to run for any popularly elected office for a period of 15 years.

LOOK: María Corina Machado disqualified in Venezuela: “Maduro’s logic is not to let any candidate who could win him participate”

Machado55 years old, is one of the favorites to win the opposition primary elections scheduled for this October 22. From this election will emerge the strongest rival of Ripe for the 2024 elections.

Venezuelan presidential candidate for the opposition Vente Venezuela party, María Corina Machado, speaks during a press conference to address her disqualification, on July 4, 2023. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP). (YURI CORTEZ /)

But why is this maneuver against the candidate who could defeat Maduro being questioned? In July 2015, Maria Corina Machado, deputy between 2011 and 2014, was disqualified by the CGR from holding public office for 12 months. According to her sanction, she had not included in her net worth statement some bonuses that she received as a parliamentarian, something she denies. It is assumed that this disqualification had already expired.

Deputy jose britoconsidered an opposition dissident, sent a letter to the Comptroller to find out if Machado was still disabled.

The CGR’s response was that the 12-month disqualification imposed on Machado in 2015 it had been extended for a period of 15 years.

Among the reasons, the Comptroller said that Machado supported US sanctions against the government of Ripe and supported the interim presidency of the ex-deputy Juan Guaido.

But Machado is not the only high-profile opposition politician who is disabled by the comptrollership.

Henrique Capriles with his followers upon arrival to register as a candidate for the internal elections of the Venezuelan opposition.  (EFE / Miguel Gutierrez).

Henrique Capriles with his followers upon arrival to register as a candidate for the internal elections of the Venezuelan opposition. (EFE/ Miguel Gutierrez). (MIGUEL GUTIERREZ /)

Another of the big favorites to win the October primaries is Henrique capriles radonski, who was twice a presidential candidate. He already faced Ripe in 2013 and was very close to defeating him.

in 2017 Capriles was disqualified for 15 years from holding public office for alleged “administrative irregularities” while he was governor of Miranda state, according to the Comptroller General of the Republic.

César Pérez Vivas speaks at the Council of the Americas in Washington on July 20, 2009. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

César Pérez Vivas speaks at the Council of the Americas in Washington on July 20, 2009. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (JIM WATSON/)

Cesar Perez Vivas, Former governor of Táchira who aspires to win the opposition primary, was disqualified in 2015 for seven years due to alleged administrative irregularities in his administration. His sanction has already been served since last year, but, as in the case of MachadoIt is not known if a new disqualification weighs on him.

Juan Guaido was going to be the candidate Popular will for the opposition primary, but left the country and is currently in the United States. Since 2021, he has been disqualified for 15 years from holding public office for allegedly not having submitted an affidavit of assets, according to the Comptroller’s Office.

Freddy Superlano speaks in front of a poster representing Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, during a press conference in Caracas on December 6, 2021. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP).

Freddy Superlano speaks in front of a poster representing Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, during a press conference in Caracas on December 6, 2021. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP). (YURI CORTEZ /)

Guaidó’s replacement as Popular Will candidate is superlane freddy. As background, it should be remembered that in November 2021 this politician won the elections for governor in the state of Barinas, where Hugo Chávez was born, but the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) annulled the result arguing that he was disqualified by the comptrollership.

In case of superlane This is an example of the lack of transparency with which disqualifications are handled in Venezuela. At the time, the National Electoral Council (CNE) said that he was able to compete because the institution did not know that he was disabled when he applied. He had not been notified.

Also, in 2020 superlane had been included in a list of amnestied signed by the president Ripe. That is, the disqualification was lifted. But in 2021, after the elections in Barinas, the reasons why he continued to be disqualified were not reported.

At this point, it should be noted that the general comptroller of Venezuela is Loving Elviswho was a Chavismo deputy for many years.

María Corina Machado arrives for her registration on June 23, 2023, as a candidate for the primaries that will be held on October 22.  (EFE / Miguel Gutierrez).

María Corina Machado arrives for her registration on June 23, 2023, as a candidate for the primaries that will be held on October 22. (EFE / Miguel Gutierrez). (MIGUEL GUTIERREZ /)

The Venezuelan political analyst Luis Nunes He considers that it was to be expected that the disqualifications of opponents would begin. “It is a plan B that the Government has, it takes it out whenever it suits them.”

In dialogue with El Comercio, Nunes He said that since 2008, the government has disqualified some 1,500 people. “He started targeting the middle positions and then went to the heads, like Capriles, Guaidó and María Corina,” he said.

“There is an interesting detail. If one checks the page of the Comptroller’s Office, one can verify that in the last 5 or 6 years they have not published the list of disabled people”, Nunes referred.

Nunes recalled the case of superlane freddy. When they don’t disable before, they do so after. In the case of Superlando, it seems that they missed disqualifying him before because as soon as he won the election in Barinas they disqualified him, and they did not stay calm with that, but rather his wife, who did not have any public office, was also disqualified. They decide, in a strategic alliance that they call evil between the Supreme Court of Justice and the Comptroller’s Office, these express disqualifications”.

“Surely more disqualifications will appear now if any other strong candidate emerges in the primaries”Nunes added.

And what will happen to the candidate who emerges from the October 22 promaria? Nunes considered that the situation is going for a train wrecksince both the president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, and the Chavista leader Diosdado Cabello, have said in public acts that “Nobody takes us out of here, neither by hook nor by crook.”

“If a candidate without strength wins the primary, they will surely let him participate. But they also already have several supposedly ‘independent’ candidates who will lend themselves to pantomime to Ripe. Chavismo fabricated several supposedly independent candidates so that the day someone says these elections are fraudulent, Maduro will reply that it is not so because 4, 5 or 6 candidates participated, “what happens is that I won.” We have already seen this strategy”, Nunes questioned.

As for what will happen to Maria Corina Machado, Nunes thinks she’s going for the hard fight. “Regardless of what she goes through with the primaries, she has her own strategy, which is to fight Maduro. She has even said that Maduro is going to negotiate with her. But Maduro I don’t think she negotiates with anyone, she is afraid of that word ”.

“In the end it seems to me that the government is going to close ranks, the Maria Corina she would be a kind of symbolic presidential candidate, to give it a name. I do not see a legal explanation for the situation because in Venezuela the laws are useless for the opposition,” said Nunes.

The opposition primary elections are advancing in a context in which there are no electoral authorities in Venezuela. On June 15, in an event that the opposition describes as a “crude maneuver”, the block of directors of the National Electoral Council who was linked to Chavismo presented his resignation. This resulted in the departure of rectors related to the opposition.

Now the National Assemblydominated by the chavismo, will designate the new electoral authorities. Maduro’s wife, the deputy Cilia Flowersintegrates the commission that will be in charge of approving the applications.

One question that continues to hang in the air is whether there will finally be primary elections for the opposition on October 22. This because Louis Rattia dissident Chavismo businessman who aspires to run in 2024, challenged this process before the courts, since he questions the impartiality of the organizers, who announced a manual vote without technical support from the CNE, after this body was left without its rectors.

Source: Elcomercio

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