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María Corina Machado hits back at Lula da Silva's criticism: “Me crying, President Lula?”

Wednesday, March 6th 2024 - 22:55 UTC
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“Me crying, President Lula? Are you saying that because I'm a woman? You don't know me. I am fighting to assert the right of millions of Venezuelans who voted for me,” said Machado. “Me crying, President Lula? Are you saying that because I'm a woman? You don't know me. I am fighting to assert the right of millions of Venezuelans who voted for me,” said Machado.

María Corina Machado, the opposition candidate elected in Venezuela's October primary elections, has responded strongly to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's recent comments indirectly criticizing her candidacy.

Lula's remarks, seemingly aimed at Machado's political disqualification, prompted a swift response from the opposition leader. Machado took to social media, questioning Lula's assumptions and defending her determination to represent millions of Venezuelans who seek democratic change. She stated, “Me crying, President Lula? Are you saying that because I'm a woman? You don't know me. I am fighting to assert the right of millions of Venezuelans who voted for me in the Primaries and the millions who have the right to do so in a free presidential election in which I will defeat Maduro.”

During a press conference, Lula said that when he was disqualified in 2018 elections in Brazil, instead of staying “crying,” he nominated another candidate for that year's elections, in reference to Fernando Hadad, who lost the election to Jair Bolsonaro.

Machado further accused Lula of “validating the outrages of an autocrat,” referring to Nicolás Maduro's regime, and highlighted her readiness to confront him in a fair election. Machado asserted, “The only truth is that Maduro is afraid to face me because he knows that the Venezuelan people are today in the streets with me,” she said, as EFE reported.

Lula's comments came amid Venezuela's announcement of presidential elections scheduled for July 28. While Lula expressed satisfaction with the election dates and assurance of observer presence, he cautioned the opposition to Maduro against disruptive behavior, drawing parallels to Brazil's own political turbulence during Jair Bolsonaro's presidency.

Meanwhile, former leaders from the Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (IDEA) denounced the Venezuelan elections, stating they cannot be deemed “free and respectful of the right to vote” without Machado's participation. The group emphasized Machado's constitutional eligibility and her endorsement through primary elections, condemning Maduro's regime for orchestrating a facade of democracy while stifling genuine opposition voices.

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  • bushpilot

    Vladimir Putin will be re-elected. Democratically.

    Mar 07th, 2024 - 06:33 pm +5
  • bushpilot

    It seems Lula is the as-h-le. For backing a Nazi dictator like Maduro.

    The real as-h-le is Brassiere, and he is a very big as-h-le.

    He loves crush-the-people Nazi dictatorships. A shitty little creature for sure.

    Mar 07th, 2024 - 04:38 pm +4
  • Esteban Domingo Fernandez

    What on earth are you talking about Brassole, you make no sense,
    nobody is talking about putting sanctions on Brazil,
    Maduro will not be elected fairly, he will rig the elections, he has been a disaster for the Venezuelan people, and the country.
    BRICS is not getting stronger, it stays the same, sanctions do not make anyone stronger,
    stop talking nonsense. and stop posting hate,

    Mar 07th, 2024 - 07:14 pm +4
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