Henrique Capriles, a two-time presidential candidate, will be his party’s opponent in Venezuela’s opposition primaries.

FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan protester Henrique Gabriels participates in a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela. EFE/RAYNER PEÑA R.

Twice candidate for the presidency of Venezuela Henrique Gabriels He will be the candidate of his party. Justice first (B.J.), to the opposition primaries to be held on October 22, which will choose the opponent of Savista who will face the ruling party in the 2024 presidential election.

Capriles, who faced the late former president Hugo Chávez in 2012 and disqualified Maduro from political office a year later, has been on the agenda of Mexico’s slow-moving negotiation process between the government and the opposition.

“On the 23rd anniversary of Primero Justicia, we must give Venezuela a gift. From today we tell you: we have a presidential candidate, Henrik Gabriels Radonski. “I think it is a great gift because there is no corner in Venezuela without a poster of Henrique Capriles (…) and above all, there is an emotional connection with Henrique Capriles,” said Maria Beatriz Martínez, president of the PJ. .

At a press conference, he indicated that the PJ candidate would be announced at a “big national political meeting” to be held “next Friday, March 10”.

“This declaration establishes a clear, real and concrete possibility of what has been building and unfolding in the last 6 months and manifesting itself very clearly,” he said.

Regarding Gabrielle’s disqualification, Martinez said, “Unfortunately, the reality in Venezuela (is that) Venezuela” has their “political rights frozen”.

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks to reporters in Caracas, Venezuela. January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

“We Venezuelans are paralyzed because of a list, a series of commitments that have not been honored so far (…) We go there, we organize to defeat him (Nicolas Maduro), and of course, he starts by guaranteeing the Venezuelan people their political rights and those political rights. ,” he added.

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In 2017, he was disqualified for 15 years for alleged “administrative irregularities” when he served as governor of Caracas’ neighboring Miranda state between 2008 and 2017.

Capriles was picked as the favorite last Saturday in a poll among his party’s basesTo get his opinion on who to field as a candidate for the anti-Savista primary.

The political agenda, which includes election conditions and disqualifications, has yet to be addressed in talks in Mexico, which have been stalled since November pending the release of resources frozen by international sanctions against Maduro to address the humanitarian crisis.

With information from AFP and EFE

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