The US government has established a position regarding the presidential election in Venezuela, where, according to the words of the senior director of the National Security Council, Juan González, the priority is that the process be carried out without failure.
“We care about the process, not the candidate, said González in a short statement published on the X account of the US Embassy in Venezuela.
However, the US reiterated in the text its position regarding the participation of the opposition in the election, where the election must be inclusive.
“Our position is clear: for us, the opposition must be able to choose its candidates. We insist that all candidates must be qualified to compete for office,” added González, who concluded by saying “Obviously, the opposition candidate is María Corina Machado.”
The US government has repeatedly stated its support for Machado and the Venezuelan opposition so that they can participate in the presidential elections on equal terms.
White House officials reacted when the Nicolás Maduro regime initiated and carried out intimidation actions and attacks against opposition leaders, especially Machado.
“I am deeply concerned by the recent actions against the opposition and civil society in Venezuela based on baseless accusations. We continue to push for a more open political environment, competitive presidential elections, and because of the process,” said Undersecretary of State Brian A. Nichols in January, regarding the complaints from Machado’s party, Vente Venezuela, about the persecution of members of that political organization.
This week, Machado stated that the US has not asked him to reconsider his candidacy so far and has rejected the idea of replacing him with another candidate in the ranks of the opposition, due to the political disqualification imposed on him by the regime in June 2023 and ratified 15 days ago by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), controlled by Chavismo.
“Not, quite the contrary. If you read the agreements with Barbados and the statement of October 6 from Secretary (Antony) Blinken, very strong terms have been established, where they say that the candidates chosen by the citizens must participate. “A replacement candidate is a plan for those who don’t want to change,”Machado said this live on Instagram with Venezuelan journalist Carla Angola.
Machado assured in his statements that he would answer the mandate given to him by the voters who voted for his option in the opposition primaries last October.
“The people who came and voted for me know very well that the government planned this trick of disqualification.” Do you think people will find a replacement? I have received an order, and I must respond to that order. “I think every time people hear it, it makes them very angry,” he said.
The opponent rejects the idea that the option of choosing a candidate to replace him will bring good results and considers that those who promote this idea seek to “demoralize” the opponents.
“Whoever falls for this is playing into the hands of the regime and there are those who seek to demoralize and imitate what the regime says in its narrative.” Barinas serves to show that the thesis of the replacements, or’successors, is over to choose the regime of the candidate.
resolution of the European Parliament
For his part, the European Parliament issued a resolution which supported the negotiations with Barbados and established a position about Machado’s candidacy without anyone’s participation, fair elections would not happen.
The resolution “regrets that the elections or the election results will not be recognized” if certain conditions, such as Machado’s participation, are not respected.
The text of the resolution also maintains that the EU “should not consider sending any electoral observation mission to Venezuela” if certain conditions are not met.
“This refusal to consider sending an election observation mission must continue” until María Corina Machado is allowed to participate in the elections.”
The document “strongly condemns the attempts to disqualify the presidential candidate of the democratic opposition of the regime, María Corina Machado.”
Bipartisan support in Congress
This Wednesday, the US Congressional Foreign Affairs Committee, a bipartisan body, expressed its support for Machado in a session in which the Venezuelan opposition leader participated via telematics.
“We are not Republicans or Democrats when it comes to the search for Venezuelan independence,” said Senator María Elvira Salazar, rejecting the possibility of having a “plan B” to choose a replacement for Machado if the regime. he was not allow to compete in the presidential elections
For his part, Senator Joaquín Castro thanked Machado for fighting for democracy, while Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart insisted that politics is the leader of Venezuelans and not just the opposition. “You are the future of democracy and freedom in Venezuela, and Venezuela will be free,” he said.
In his speech at the session, Machado confirmed that Venezuelans have “a real opportunity to achieve a peaceful transition in Venezuela.”
“The regime is in the weakest position in its history, and we (the opposition forces) are stronger than ever. The time is now,” said Machado, who won the opposition primaries in October with 92% of the votes.
Machado insisted that it is in Maduro’s interest to respect the Barbados Agreement, signed by representatives of the regime and the opposition, and to be part of a negotiation that will lead to free, competitive, and transparent elections.
“If Maduro does not respect the election results, he must know that he will be isolated. Therefore, it is in his best interest to remain in the Barbados Agreement and for this transition to be carried out peacefully. It will not be easy. This is the most difficult moment “This is the most dangerous moment we are going through, but believe me, we are committed to going to the end,” he said.
Palabras de Juan González, Director de Asuntos Hemisféricos del Consejo de Seguridad Nacional de la Casa Blanca, el 6 de febrero de 2024. pic.twitter.com/gakBvRLlzW
— Embajada de los EE.UU., Venezuela (@usembassyve) February 7, 2024