The Venezuelan Government asked the United States to allow its country to solve its problems through democratic means, after the administration of Joe Biden announced that it will evaluate political sanctions against in Caracas for the ratification of the disqualification of opponents María Corina Machado and Henrique Capriles.
“We may not agree with things that happen in the United States, but this is part of the sovereignty of the United States, let the United States allow Venezuelans to solve our problems through democratic methods,” said the representative of the Government for dialogue, Héctor Rodríguez, in media statements.
The spokesman for the United States Department of State, Matthew Miller, pointed out that the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) to confirm the disqualifications of Machado and Capriles “undermines a competitive presidential election.”
“Based on this action and the attacks against the opposition and civil society, the United States is reviewing our sanctions policy,” the official indicated through X.
The Political-Administrative Chamber of the TSJ declared on Friday “inadmissible” the lawsuit filed by Machado, due to his involvement in a “corruption plan” led by former deputy Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself interim president last 2019.
The country’s highest court also approved the penalty against Capriles, barring him from exercising public office from 2017 to 2032.
Rodríguez also criticized that the “extremist opposition” did not stop “in its intention to remove the Venezuelan people from the democratic path.”
In October, the Government and the opposition signed two partial agreements in Barbados that consider respecting the right of every political actor to freely choose their candidate for the 2024 presidential elections.
In addition, the parties agreed that the presidential election process will be held in the second half of 2024.
Likewise, they established the support of technical missions to observe the election from the European Union, panel of UN experts, Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations and the Carter Center. (Sputnik)