The president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, assured this Thursday that the opposition’s “unity” candidate for the 2024 presidential elections, María Corina Machado, cannot run in the elections. “There is no way for this woman to be a candidate for anything, in any election in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” Rodríguez declared during a speech before the Assembly, as published by the Venezuelan network Globovisión. In that sense, he has assured that the 2024 elections will be held because “that is what the Constitution establishes”, and that they will be carried out “with sanctions or without sanctions, with national and international observers, or without them.” Likewise, he has asked all the political forces present in the plenary session to hold an electoral process “with clear”, “competitive” and “free” conditions for all candidates. “There will be elections because that is established by the Constitution and we will elect a president and our lives will go to defend the right of the people to choose in peace and democracy,” the president of the Assembly has insisted. This same Thursday, the opposition alliance Unitary Platform has denounced that the Government of Nicolás Maduro is carrying out “a new wave of repression” and “violation of Human Rights” against some prominent opposition figures who, they say, are being persecuted. kidnapped and imprisoned.