Venezuela’s opposition set to participate in 2024 elections
October 12, 2022
In a reversal of its boycott of the 2018 presidential elections, Venezuela’s main opposition parties have announced their willingness to participate in the country’s 2024 presidential elections, regardless of the conditions imposed by the Maduro regime, reports Bloomberg. The opposition did not participate in Venezuela’s 2018 presidential elections, arguing that they were not free and not fair, a criticism supported both domestically and internationally. Select parts of the opposition also chose to boycott regional elections in 2021, which received similarly supported criticisms of a lack of integrity in the electoral process. Now, though, the opposition plans to unify behind a single candidate who will be chosen in next year’s unified primaries. According to Venezuelan polling firm Delphos, about 77% of Venezuelans plan to vote in the 2024 elections, as compared to a 46% participation rate in the 2018 elections.
On Sunday, the coalition of opposition parties, known as the Plataforma Unitaria, announced it had come to an agreement with members on the regulations for the upcoming primaries, reports Crónica Uno. Members will then vote for a single candidate from a shortlist of about 12 people, including National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, who declared himself Interim President of the country following the 2018 elections, citing fraud and basing his claim on the country’s constitution. Guaidó remains recognized as the de jure president of Venezuela by the United States. Much information on the regulations for the primary has not been made publicly available, drawing criticism of lack of transparency from the Plataforma Unitaria. The accelerated timeline for the opposition primary comes as Maduro has hinted that the presidential election could be held as early as next year, writes Reuters. Last week, Maduro wrote on Twitter that his Socialist Party is ready for elections “whenever, wherever, and however.”
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