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The EU criticizes the disqualification of Maria Corina Machado and calls for transparent presidential elections in 2024

The EU criticizes the disqualification of Maria Corina Machado and calls for transparent presidential elections in 2024

The European Union has criticized on Monday the disqualification in Venezuela of the prominent opposition politician Maria Corina Machado, assuring that this maneuver aggravates the crisis in the country and goes against European efforts to achieve transparent elections in 2024.

“The EU expresses its deep concern about decisions aimed at preventing members of the opposition from exercising their fundamental political rights, as has been the case with Maria Corina Machado and other political figures,” said the EU’s External Action Service. it’s a statement.

Machado is one of the main candidates in the opposition primaries to find a common candidate in the next presidential elections and has assured that the maneuver “shows that the regime knows that it is already defeated.”

In this sense, the EU stresses that decisions such as vetoing the opposition leader’s participation in electoral processes for a period of 15 years “undermine democracy and the rule of law” and “aggravate” the prolonged political and social crisis in Venezuela.

The EU works with Venezuela and international partners for a democratic and peaceful solution to the political and social crisis, the statement deepens, insisting on the importance of “transparent and inclusive” presidential elections in 2024.

The bloc asks to take the EU report on the 2022 regional elections as a basis for advancing in political reforms to improve the electoral process, recalling that it has already asked to abolish the prerogative of the Comptroller General to withdraw the right to participate in elections through an administrative process and without adequate notification, which “negatively impacts his right of defense”.

“We insist once again on the importance of making full use of these recommendations to improve electoral conditions in Venezuela,” the statement from European diplomacy stressed.

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