The Controlaria General de la Republica [Comptroller General’s Office] has barred Maria Corina Machado from holding public office for a period of one year. Machado made the announcement through Twitter earlier today, calling the government “dictators” for taking the measure against her.
The news broke approximately one hour ago, and there are no further details at this moment.
Maria Corina Machado was elected to appear on the ballot on the December 6 parliamentary elections. She was chosen to represent Circuit 2 (Chacao, El Hatillo, Baruta and Leoncio Martinez) in Miranda state.
Maria Corina Machado is a popular opposition figure. She was unceremoniously removed from her National Assembly seat least year in an apparent contravention of parliamentary rules by decree. On March 24 of last year, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello simply declared that Machado was “no longer a deputy”, and barred her from entering the National Assembly chambers.
Along with Antonio Ledezma, Leopoldo Lopez and Henrique Capriles, she is one of the most recognized faces of the Venezuelan opposition. Today’s motion against her makes Henrique Capriles the “last man standing” politically speaking, as both Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez are currently in prison.
Below, a picture of the one page document barring Machado from holding office for a period of one year:
Henrique Capriles Talks Economics
Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles proposed a number of economic measures he argues are needed to help Venezuelans get back on their feet after months of scarcity and ever-rising inflation.
Capriles proposed a 50% increase to wages as a way to tackle poverty, and called for 293 food-producing companies that have been expropriated by the national government over the years to return to private hands. He also called for an examination of Venezuela’s economic deals with other countries, specially when it comes to trading oil, saying:
Venezuela is owed almost 10 billion dollars through these oil treaties. We must stop giving away our oil freely. This has been the politics of oil in order to gain international support. I ask you: Do we need international support, or do we need to address the real issues affecting Venezuelans? This government has indebted our nation, [and has in turn caused] the worst conditions of any country in the world.
He also warned that the country was “reaching a level of conflict that is extremely dangerous”, referring to the rift between the Venezuelan opposition and the PSUV, and their respective supporters.
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