Juan Guaidó asked to urgently set a schedule for the opposition primary elections ahead of the presidential elections
The Venezuelan opponent Juan Guaido requested this Friday, “urgently”, the publication of the schedule of the process of primary elections in which a unitary candidate will be elected to face Chavismo in the presidential elections, scheduled for 2024.
“Respecting the autonomy of the Primary Commissionwe request, urgently, to publish the timeline”, said the anti-Chavista in a video published on social networks.
Guaidó, who until a week ago and for almost four years led a “interim government” that most of anti-chavistas decided to eliminate, he pointed out that holding the primaries is the “main objective” of the opposition in 2023, as well as “insisting on free and fair elections”, which – he assured – will be the “solution for millions (of Venezuelans) who have a hard time or are out of the country.
“There are 360 days left for 2024, the deadline for the presidential election that they owe us. I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s right around the corner. (…) We immediately have a challenge to face, and it is to defeat Ripe. It is not between us, the fight is with Maduro, ”he said.
He added that, after the elimination of the “interim government”, it is “difficult to speak of unity”, however, he insisted that “it is a duty” to achieve it to face “the dictatorship”.
Last December, the lawyer Jesus Maria Casalpresident of the Primaries Commission, announced that the primary elections could be held on June 25, 2023, a date that has not yet been set but that has served as a guide for planning these elections.
Since last May, when the opposition reported that it would elect a unitary presidential candidate through primaries, the procedures that will govern it have been advanced, but a schedule for the process has not yet been presented.
Meanwhile, the diplomatic representation of the Venezuelan opposition in Washington announced this Friday termination of duties just days after the committee of the National Assembly formed in 2015 I was willing to put end to the interim government of Juan Guaidó.
“The Venezuelan embassy in the United States and all its officials officially ceased operations on January 5, 2023,” read a statement released by the opposition legation and signed by Carlos Vecchio.
The United States was one of the countries that spoke out before the elections of 2018 in the Caribbean country, which he described as fraudulent and pointed against Nicolas Maduro. The White House did not recognize the dictator, who entrenched himself for another term in office, and instead supported the opposition leader. Juan Guaidowhich was proclaimed interim president in 2019.
Guaidó’s management came to obtain the recognition and support of fifty governments from around the world -among them, the Republican president donald trump– but, over time, international support fell.
It is in this context that last week, the members of the “National Assembly Elected in 2015” defined by means of a vote to put an end to this interim government. In this way, the figure of Guaidó ceased to be valid this thursday january 5.
Following this provision, the opposition embassy on US soil added in the statement that the “cessation of functions was decided by the majority of the deputies of the National Assembly, which approved a Statute Law Reform that governs the transition and, unconstitutionally, eliminated the presidency in charge led by President Juan Guaidó, the interim government and the foreign service”.
Next, the Embassy mentioned that it “deeply regrets the impact that this decision may cause” to Venezuelans.
(With information from EFE)