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Juan Guaidó calls on Maduro’s regime to hold ‘free and fair’ elections


CARACAS, Venezuela — Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s legitimate but powerless president, led a rally of hundreds of Venezuelans on Thursday to one of the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) headquarters in the capital to demand that socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro yours “free and fair” Presidential elections in 2024.

“Maduro, set the date. We are ready to defeat you from start to finish throughout Venezuela. Don’t be a coward, put a date on it, before. Unity has been called, the primary has been called and we are going to make a difference throughout Venezuela,” Guaidó said. said in front of the offices of the Electoral Council located in Plaza Venezuela, in Caracas.

It should be mentioned that the offices where Guaidó’s rally took place are not the main headquarters of the Electoral Council, which are also located in Caracas, but rather the regional offices of the National Capital District.

Surrounded by supporters, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido smiles during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Guaidó’s rally in front of the notoriously rigged election organization – which is under the control of the Maduro regime – and his demands for “free and fair elections” in 2024 came a week after two separate events. reports claimed that the Venezuelan “opposition” planned to dissolve Guaidó’s interim government in January 2023.

Juan Guaidó calls on Maduro’s regime to hold ‘free and fair’ elections

Juan, Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido speaks to supporters at a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela’s interim government, chaired by Guaidó, was established in January 2019 under the country’s constitution in response to Maduro’s refusal to step down after holding fake presidential elections in May 2018.

Celebrating ‘free and fair elections’ without Maduro’s participation was Guaidó’s third and final goal promised the nation when he assumed the interim presidency of the country. Free and fair hypothetical elections would have taken place only after Maduro ceased to usurp the presidency and a transitional government was established, goals that Guaidó and the Venezuelan “opposition” failed to achieve. reach.

Juan Guaidó calls on Maduro’s regime to hold ‘free and fair’ elections

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony marking the start of the judicial year at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, January 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

On the contrary, Maduro and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, rather than ceding power, have further tightened their grip on the country, holding a sham legislative elections in 2020 and equally fictitious regional elections in 2021. The former achieved its goal of replacing lawmakers in the country’s National Assembly – the only branch of government hitherto controlling “the opposition” – and filling it with pro-regime members in its entirety. The latter counted with the enthusiasts participation and the collaboration of certain “opposition” parties.

“The date of the presidential election they owe us is the time to get out of Maduro together and get Venezuela back,” Guaidó said on his Twitter account after the rally ended.

Throughout the month of October, the two Maduro and Socialist Party strongman and suspected drug kingpin Diosdado Cabello vaguely expressed the possibility of holding presidential elections in 2023 instead of the “correct” date of 2024, when the current six-year presidential term Maduro is serving after holding sham elections in 2018 is supposed to end.

Holding presidential elections in 2023 instead of 2024 would leave the Venezuelan “opposition” with little or no time to organize primaries to choose a candidate against Maduro, because the “opposition” – itself heavily populated by socialists – is actually undergoing first preparations for the celebration of the primaries next year.

“We call the primary to consolidate the one thing that has defeated dictatorship over and over again: unity,” Guaidó said in another tweet.

Guaidó has yet to confirm or deny his participation as a candidate in the upcoming “opposition” primaries.

Guaidó was confronted pressure of leftist President Joe Biden’s administration, which recognizes Guaidó as the country’s head of state, to contest “free and fair” elections against Maduro in 2024. Biden officials have expressed hope that the regime of Maduro and the leaders of the “opposition” resume negotiations towards celebrating the hypothetical elections. Multiple attempts at negotiations have taken place over the more than two decades of chavista reign in Venezuela and have always ended in failure.

Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.



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