February 20, 2024

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About thirty former heads of state condemned the unconstitutional impeachment of María Corina Machado in Venezuela.

About thirty former heads of state condemned the unconstitutional impeachment of María Corina Machado in Venezuela.
Venezuelan opposition figure Maria Corina Machado, file photo. EFE/ Miguel Gutierrez

About thirty former heads of state and governments in Spain and Latin America failed this Tuesday “Unconstitutional disqualification” of the candidate of the main opposition coalition in Venezuela for the 2024 presidential election. Maria Corina Machadoand affirmed that it “continues to be the legitimate representative of the opposition”.

Members of the Council of Former Ibero-American Presidents Spain and America's Democracy Initiative (Idea) expressed his rejection of the Supreme Court's (TSJ)-endorsement of Machado's political disqualification.

Machado, “According to democratic rules, He is the legal representative of the opposition in Venezuela and its presidential candidate before the international community (…) and a decisive majority of Venezuelans supported it in the primary elections,” the report highlighted.

It's a performance for the team.”The Dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro A recent order by the Supreme Court for an official party member, ex-councillor, non-academic, with no legal practice or judicial experience.

Evidence of this is the “repeated disregard for the essential elements and fundamentals of democracy as enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.”

This Monday, Machado thanked Venezuela for the “enormous” international response to the TSJ's rejection of his political disqualification from running in these and other elections until 2036.

Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. EFE/ Rainer Pena R.

IDEA blames the Venezuelan regime A “flagrant breach” of the Barbados Treaties.Under it it pledged to respect “the right of every political actor to choose his candidate… and in accordance with its internal procedures”.

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calling on guarantor countries to act accordingly; In particular to the signatory governments of the declarations issued as a result of the aforementioned agreements: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, in addition to the European Commission.

Remember the group that already warned these countries on October 26 about the “criminal action being prepared by representatives of Maduro, including the first lady of Venezuela”. Cilia floresThe candidacy of Maria Corina Machado should be stopped.

The declaration was signed by the former presidents of the Spanish government, José María Aznar and Mariano Rajoy; former Colombian presidents Andrés Pastrana, Iván Duque and Álvaro Uribe; Eduardo Frei and Sebastian Piñera from Chile; Guillermo Lasso, Lenin Moreno, Lucio Gutierrez, Osvaldo Hurtado and Jamil Mahuat from Ecuador and Jorge Quiroga and Carlos Meza from Bolivia.

Former Paraguayan presidents Mario Abdo, Federico Franco and Juan Carlos Vazmosi also signed; From El Salvador Alfredo Cristiani; Oscar Arias, Laura Chinchilla, Rafael Angel Calderon, Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Luis Guillermo Solis from Costa Rica; Nicolas Artido, Ernesto Perez and Mireya Moscoso from Panama; Luis Alberto Luckall from Uruguay; From Argentina Mauricio Macri and Mexico Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon.

Besides, France He expressed his “concern” on Tuesday after the decision TSJ upheld the disqualification of Machadoand a two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, And Maduro insisted on respecting the regime Barbados Treaty To conduct free and transparent elections.

“France expresses its concern following recent rulings by the Supreme Court confirming the ineligibility of several political figures,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement. “France demands Barbados Treaty 17 October 2023 Decision on Political Rights and Electoral Guarantees Govt And this Democratic Unity PlatformFully respected and implemented Presidential election Probably in the second half of 2024 Free and transparent”.

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Government of Emmanuel Macron The agreement between the Chavista regime and the opposition “A An important step towards ending the crisis“And reiterated his desire to work as a support, through his “European Union International Election Observation Missionas provided in the Barbados Treaty.”

(with information from EFE)