Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that Chavismo will win this year's presidential elections “by hook or by crook.”
He said this in the middle of a massive celebration for the 32nd anniversary of the failed coup attempt carried out by Hugo Chávez on February 4, 1992, six years before he came to power, AP reported.
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The large gathering of his followers called at the Miraflores palace for the celebration was the setting that the ruler took advantage of to warn the opposition that “the team wins and we are going to win by hook or by crook.”
Without specifying what mechanisms he was referring to in his threat, Maduro stated: “It has been said, I will say no more.”
What Nicolás Maduro said about the Venezuelan elections
Maduro said that, of 30 electoral processes organized by Chávez and his government, Chavismo has won in 28: “Whatever they give us, we always win,” he said.
Maduro confirmed that the 2024 elections will be held. Previously, Jorge Rodríguez, head of the legislative branch and who leads the dialogues with the opposition, reaffirmed from the platform the call to various political and social actors so that starting Monday and for three days they will prepare a proposed electoral calendar.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks to supporters during an event to commemorate the anniversary of the failed 1992 coup d'état led by the late President Hugo Chávez, Sunday, February 4, 2024, at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Matías Delacroix)By: AP
The event took place more than a week after the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice – close to the government – confirmed the disqualification of María Corina Machado from participating in the elections, due to a 15-year ban on holding public office. The Comptroller's Office was imposed in 2015. Machado won the opposition primary elections with more than 90% of the votes and is the favorite to face Maduro at the polls.
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The court's decision generated a series of international condemnations and led to the revocation of some relief measures that the United States had granted for operations with Venezuelan gold. These measures were part of the endorsement of an agreement between the Maduro government and the opposition to hold transparent and open elections.
The main opposition platform to the Maduro government denounced the violation of the agreement signed in Barbados in October 2023, with which the possibility of impartial elections being held in Venezuela has been questioned, even by bodies such as the Organization of States. American people.