Maria Corina Machado, a Venezuelan opposition leader, in an Oct. 26 photo, in Caracas.LEONARDO FERNANDEZ VILORIA (REUTERS)
The pressure exerted by the United States on the government of Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan opposition to reach an agreement has yielded a concrete result. The Norwegian facilitators, who encouraged the latest rapprochement in Barbados, have announced that disqualified Venezuelans who aspire to stand as candidates can request a review of their processes before the Political-Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice.
What they have called "the mechanism", a way to give democratic guarantees to the 2024 presidential elections, has been detailed in a statement released by the Norwegian facilitators. The "interested parties" can go to the highest court and request a writ of amparo. The procedure warns that they must refrain from making public statements that are "offensive or disrespectful" towards the institutions.
María Corina Machado, winner of the opposition primaries, Henrique Capriles and Freddy Superlano are some of the politicians to whom Chavismo has applied these discretionary sanctions to block their aspirations. Machado was informed of her disqualification just a few months ago, when she was about to register her candidacy for the primaries.
The government has not lifted the veto considered unconstitutional and has now put the ball in Machado's court, who has not yet said whether he will go to Venezuelan justice. Previously, the candidate has said that she has not even received an official document certifying the status, but the Supreme Court itself, in a ruling at the end of October, ratified the impossibility of participating of those disqualified and judicially annulled the process of the primaries.
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