María Corina Machado's warning about increasing repression in Venezuela

Maria Corina Machado speaks during a press conference in front of her party headquarters in Caracas on January 29, 2023. (Photo by Federico Barra/AFP)

“The problem is not my name and surname, but that Maduro does not accept the possibility of defeat,” María Corina Machado said this Monday in the program “Venezuela at a critical moment: Maria Corrina Machado and the 2024 elections.” Atlantic Council.

Asserting that the regime would not accept a candidate who could defeat them, the presidential candidate wondered what conditions their endorsed candidate would have to meet. “Accepting an alternative candidate means accepting the option of losing to Maduro. The government did not accept the possibility of losing the election. “They want to make sure up front that they're not going to lose,” he said.

Also, the president called for fulfilling his responsibility and analyzing what role Maduro will be forced to play in guaranteeing a peaceful transition in Venezuela by the international community.
“The Venezuelan people are empowered because we have decided what we want and who we want: ideas, visions and who should be in charge,” he said.

Similarly, María Corina noted about her tour through the eastern part of the country last week: “It helped me to realize that we are in a different place, and it changes by the hour. To think that it is an electoral problem does not understand what is happening in Venezuela. It is deep, it is a very powerful social event.

In this sense, he emphasized that it was the first time in 25 years that a real possibility of political change was felt in Venezuela.

“This is the first time in 25 years that we have seen presidential elections in Venezuela and outside the country where we are confident that we are going to win. We have never been 80-20 in a presidential election.

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candidate in pursuit

On the other hand, María Corina Machado spoke about the obstacles she had to overcome as a candidate and described herself as a “candidate under persecution” in light of all the obstacles imposed on her by the regime.

“I couldn't catch a flight, hire sound or hire transport equipment for my colleagues; Three of my national team are under investigation and have had their passports revoked; And the detention of four members of my group in the States, and all the threats I get. So who is blocking the electoral process? “We abide by the Constitution,” were his words.

The opposition leader recalled that it was in Maduro's interest to negotiate with him as it would give him and everyone in power a fair deal. And he added: “There is no way to proceed with the negotiated agreement if the Venezuelan people do not support it.” “Venezuelans need confidence in the leadership that will represent them in these negotiations.”

Venezuela at a critical moment: María Corina Machado in the 2024 elections

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