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Supreme Court of Venezuela ratifies disqualification of opposition member María Corina Machado


Caracas, Jan 26 (EFE).- The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of Venezuela ratified this Friday that the presidential candidate of the main opposition coalition, María Corina Machado, has a 15-year disqualification that prevents her from competing in the elections. scheduled for the second half of this year.

Through a ruling from the Political-Administrative Chamber, the Supreme Court declared inadmissible the request for precautionary protection introduced by the former liberal deputy, who hoped that this sanction would be lifted through this case review mechanism agreed between the Government and the opposition Unitary Platform. Democratic (PUD).

The letter details that Machado is disqualified for having “been a participant in the corruption plot orchestrated” by the former head of Parliament Juán Guaidó, as well as for failing to comply with Venezuelan regulations, by accepting “accreditation as an alternate representative” of Panama before the Organization of the American States (OAS), in a debate held in 2014.

On December 15 – the last day of the deadline set for receiving applications – the anti-Chavista went to the TSJ to request a review of her case and insisted that there is no administrative procedure that would disqualify her.

The sanction of the Comptroller General’s Office – which in 2015 disqualified Machado for a year – was known last June after opposition deputy José Brito requested information from the institution about the political status of the anti-Chavista.

The decision published today establishes that his sanction has a duration of 15 years, counting from September 2021.

In December, Machado expressed his willingness to “do everything that has to be done” so that the path towards “clean and free” presidential elections is maintained and advanced, so going to the TSJ was, in his opinion, an “unequivocal step in the direction of defeat” of President Nicolás Maduro.

The former deputy swept the opposition primaries on October 22, when she received 92.35% of the votes. EFE

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