Venezuela opposition candidate Machado barred from holding office-gov’t

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Venezuela opposition candidate Machado barred from holding office-gov’t

Maria Corina Machado, a leading candidate for the Venezuelan opposition’s presidential nomination, has been disqualified from holding public office for 15 years, according to the country’s controller general. Machado, a former lawmaker and industrial engineer, is currently leading in the polls for the 13-candidate primary, which aims to select a unity candidate to challenge President Nicolas Maduro in the 2024 election. The expanded ban on Machado is a result of her support for US sanctions on the Maduro government and her backing of former opposition leader Juan Guaido. The opposition has long claimed that bans are used by the ruling party to hinder political change.

Despite the ban, Machado can still participate in the primary as it is being held without state support. However, she will not be able to register with electoral authorities to appear on the ballot in the presidential race. The US State Department criticized the decision, stating that it deprives the Venezuelan people of their basic political rights and interferes with their ability to select a candidate for the 2024 elections.

This is not the first time Machado has faced restrictions. She has been barred from leaving Venezuela for the past nine years and was previously banned from office for 12 months in 2015. The latest ban was imposed because she allegedly failed to include certain benefits received during her time as a lawmaker in her assets declaration, although Machado denies ever receiving those benefits.

The decision to disqualify Machado has been met with criticism from various organizations. The Organization of American States (OAS) rejected the decision and called for free and transparent elections in Venezuela. The OAS stated that the ruling party uses disqualifications and proscriptions to maintain power and undermine democracy, exacerbating the country’s political, social, humanitarian, and economic crisis.

Machado’s fellow primary candidate, Henrique Capriles, also faced a 15-year ban from public office in 2017. The fractured opposition, which operates a parallel legislature recognized by the US and controls Venezuela’s foreign assets, is currently grappling with voter apathy and the challenge of organizing the primary without state assistance following the resignation of members of the electoral council.

In conclusion, Maria Corina Machado’s disqualification from holding public office for 15 years has raised concerns about the Venezuelan government’s efforts to hinder political change. The ban does not prevent her from participating in the primary, but it does prevent her from appearing on the presidential ballot. The decision has been criticized by the US State Department, the OAS, and others, who argue that it infringes on the Venezuelan people’s political rights. Machado’s disqualification is part of a larger pattern of restrictions imposed on opposition figures, further exacerbating the country’s ongoing crisis.

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