The Chancellery expressed his “great concern” about the judicial disqualification of María Corina Machado, the main opposition presidential candidate in Venezuela, considering that “they directly attack the celebration of elections free, democratic and competitive.”
When commenting on the situation in the country from which the largest number of migrants came in recent years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that drives Omar Paganini issued a statement stating that the decision “is contrary to the Barbados Agreements signed last October with international guarantors” among Venezuela and opposition representatives.
Machado She was disqualified as the main leader of the opposition to Nicolas Maduro and probable candidate in the elections that will be held this year in that country, since on October 22 she swept a primary organized by the Democratic Unitary Platform (PUD) with 92.35% of the votes.
“Uruguay observes with great concern these judicial disqualifications of political opponents from holding elective or public positions, since they directly threaten the holding of free, democratic and competitive elections,” said the Chancellery in the statement, noting that these votes “are the demand and desire of all the Venezuelan people and were the guiding spirit of the signing of the aforementioned agreements.”
In Venezuela, the opposition demands that the Supreme Court reverse the ruling
After learning of the disqualification for 15 years Machado, The Venezuelan opposition filed an appeal to reverse the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), about which he also spoke USA, country considering reestablishing sanctions on oil, gas and gold.
“We also demand that this decision be reversed because the procedure has been violated, and the procedure means a trial, not a summary trial, not a wall,” the head of the opposition delegation in the dialogue with the government said at a press conference. from Venezuela, Gerardo Blyde.
He TSJ made the decision within a mechanism created under pressure from USA so that the disqualified candidates could challenge the sanction, in the midst of the agreements signed in Barbados in a negotiation process that mediates Norway.
In his decision against Machado, The court argued that the leader was “involved” in acts of corruption linked to Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself interim president between 2019 and 2023 in an attempt to overthrow Ripe.
He also ratified the disqualification of the two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, until 2032, and a former mayor of San Diego, Vicencio Scarano, but he responded favorably to five less popular opponents.
When commenting on the situation, Machado maintained that Ripe chose “the worst path: fraudulent elections.”