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Venezuelan government bans opposition leader from running in congressional election

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 05:59 UTC
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Venezuelan election officials rejected a high-profile opposition leader's attempt to register as a candidate Monday for upcoming congressional elections. Former congresswoman Maria Corina Machado announced that the National Elections Council had rejected her attempt to register to run in the Dec. 6 elections and called it a grotesque violation of her rights. Read full article


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  • Skip

    The death throes of democracy in Venezuela will be studiously ignored by nearly all South American nations.

    It isn't 'the west' that keeps these countries down, it's their supposed 'hermanos'.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 06:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jmackiej

    Brave lady.
    No doubt will end up being “suicided” by those put in high office by the voting sheep of Venezuela.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 08:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    I think correct. Citizens who have any criminal conviction may not have preserved their electoral rights. Here in Brazil we have a law called “Ficha Suja” that serves to it.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 10:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Of course you think it is correct. Democracy is an obstacle to your beliefs.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 11:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Unless Venezuela and Russia get an economic lifeline from a willing sponsor or the price of oil significantly rebounds, both Caracas and Moscow are likely heading toward a very rough period of unrest and subsequent crackdowns in the months ahead
    Food riots are the sign of the death of Statism.
    It is fun to watch from afar.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 12:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    What crimminal convictions does MCM have?

    The Chavistas are running scared and are desperate to fix the next election. Maduro has already said that if it goes against him he will “take the people to the streets”.
    Democracy in Venezuela ended sometime ago.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 12:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Its pretty easy to win “elections” when you ban candidates.
    Just ask any Dictator for life.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 02:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @7 yankeeboy
    There's more!
    A few hours later Maduro proudly announced that his wife(!), Cilla Flores, will be running for Congress in the relatively 'safe-seat' of Estado Cojedes.
    I'm not sure if she has ever been there, and very much doubt she will move there.
    I am already hearing rumours that Estado Cojedes will be the best place to buy toilet roll, milk and flour in the next few months. I expect a lot of effort will be expended trying to keep the lights on too!

    Equally I hear that International Observers maybe banned from the Elections as the Government has obtained 'secret evidence' that these observers may have been infiltrated by foreign spies and 'coup - plotters'. So in order to protect democracy, and the citizens too, no independent or external oversight will be allowed.
    Naturally this 'secret evidence ' is so awfully top - secret that they can't possibly publish it. Oh no, definitely not!
    I don't think Maduro's gang have realised that Orwell's 1984 is a warning work of fiction, not an instruction manual.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 03:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    Brass @ 7 I suugest you read the Protocol of Ushuia 1996 which is and intergral part of the treaty establishing Mercosur. It establishes clear conditions regarding the maintenance of democracy in the participating states.
    Venezuela is in clear breach of all ten clauses and should be suspended from Mercosur and Unasur forthwith.
    Paraguay was illegally suspended on the premise that they had broken this protocol for the flimsiest of reasons.
    The clauses are short and unequivocal and indeed are written in Portuguese and as such should be perfectly understandable even to your twisted interlect

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Maduro already has the power to rule by decree. Still fails.

    Scarcity is increasing.
    The black market Bolivar is off the scale at 686 to the US $ (official govt bank rate is 6.3).
    Inflation is at 100%
    Poverty at 48.4%
    Average monthly salary now worth only US$ 35.

    It's going to get really nasty over the next few months.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 04:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @3 brazzo burraldo, a.k.a. brASSHOLE
    “I also think correct”...
    No surprise ; you are against democracy in it's true sense ; you believe in the PT's sick version of it. “Basta ser oposição para ser considerado criminoso .. ....bela democracia !!”

    But now that you've mentioned the “ficha suja”, which you allegedly support - at least today - what are your thoughts on it with regards to the effect it has had on your PT heroes condemned in the “mensalão”, and as well as those that will be condemned in the Lava-Jato ” ??
    Responda se não for viado !

    @9 Redpoll
    Your suggestion to the asshole is's way beyond his compehension.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 04:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    @11 The brass trade in Curitiba must be getting very competitive. As he has to work harder at it, his English deteriorates and I suspect his brain has been infected by too much contact with his clients

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 04:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    @12 Red
    Gosh! I thought I was getting better. Maybe it's because lately I have given more importance to learn Russian. But I do not want you to become worried about me because I will always be next to you ..... preferably pulling the rug!

    The Brazil said there is nothing wrong in relation to the Ushuaia Protocol. So it's all said! OK?

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 04:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    It will never get better in Venezuela until the ruling military start to lose the money they rake off the country and then leave before they are strung up by the citizens.

    What happens next will be nothing short of a disaster of epic proportions.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 05:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @13 brazzo burraldo
    You, “getting better” ?? at what ?? at proving what a dickhead you are ??
    You'd better be careful, what if you don't learn Russian and forget how to speak Portuguese ? you'll become dumb....dumber than you already are...
    I like your “Gosh ! ”....... new word in your limited vocabulary ??

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Cilia Flores controls the family, she is a lot older than Maduro, and much more educated. I suspect she intends to gain the seat so she can become the National Assembly president. Such a power play would take out Cabello Diosdado who is linked to the drug trade. However, he is a very powerful and dangerous man who has the support of the military.
    The preceding assumes the ruling clique will be able to arrest or take out opposition candidates like they have done to Machado, plus cheat using the audit-less technology they have installed. And this is why they made moves to preclude any international observers. The idea is to turn the regime into a red dictatorship with a raggedy disguise using these dirty election tricks. Meanwhile Maduro has hit 20 % support, inflation is over 100 %, and crime is getting worse as people stand in long lines to buy food rations.
    Whatever happens, it is gonna get really nasty nasty.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 07:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    @15 No he is just struuggling to translate a letter to Mr Putin
    Dear Comrade Mr Putin,
    I have a lot of imagined enemies in South America. Can you please send me some polonium to put in their coffee at once?
    yours sincerely Brassnek

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 07:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    Aug 04th, 2015 - 07:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    @ 17 Red

    Imaginary? What do you mean? It is all too real. If we do not take care English and Western leave us only underwear.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 08:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @19 brasileiro gang

    Even your underwear is in decline!

    Lack of support?

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 08:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    Lack of support ilsen? Brasneks brain is already trussed to the eyeballs with Marxist claptrap.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 08:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Corset is redp011 !
    Bra-sileiro still believes in Lula. Haha!

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 09:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Yes, I believe in Lula.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 10:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    Bolivar at 686 jajajja I was just talking to one of my VZ employees the other day and she said it was 630.
    I keep teasing them that I will start paying them in Bolivars.

    This is what is in store for us here if the K clan clings onto power with their dirty tricks.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 10:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @23 Burraldo ao quadrado, elevada à enésima potência,
    “Yes, I believe in Lula.”....says it all, I rest my case.

    He has a terminal case of stupidity....unfortunately no cure, and gets worse by the day...

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 10:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Back on topic.
    MCM is not the only opposition politician to be prevented from running.
    Leopoldo Lopez is not the only opposition politician to be jailed and left endlessly awaiting trial.
    Also about 1000 students and activists have been locked up.

    The repression is only going to get harsher in the lead up to the 'election'.

    Aug 04th, 2015 - 11:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Can't wait for the oil price to drop further.

    Then China will lend more money.

    But South America is about to gain a failed state very soon. However I predict that Brazil (which styles itself as a regional power and deludes itself that it is a world power) won't do anything nor say much. This idea of South American unity is one of the major curses that keeps South Americans down.

    Aug 05th, 2015 - 01:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Very true skip.
    The Latin American countries will look the other way when Venezuela self-destructs.

    Aug 06th, 2015 - 10:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @28 Ilsen,
    When VZ flushes itself down the toilet, the PT in Brazil will become orphans.
    Then it's up to the people to vote them out of existence.

    Aug 06th, 2015 - 06:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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