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The United States supports the Venezuelan people’s constitutional right to elect their leaders via free and fair elections.  Today’s decision to disqualify Maria Corina Machado from participating in the electoral process deprives the Venezuelan people of basic political rights.  Venezuelans deserve the right to select a candidate to participate in presidential elections in 2024 without interference.

The United States also remains deeply concerned by the ongoing efforts to remake the composition of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela.  A strong and independent CNE is indispensable for free, fair, and competitive elections.  Ensuring all Venezuelan voices are represented in the CNE adds to its credibility and bolsters voter confidence.

We stand in solidarity with all Venezuelans in their efforts to achieve free and fair elections in 2024, the restoration of democratic institutions, and an end to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.  We will continue to work with our international partners to address the urgent needs of Venezuelans inside and outside their country.  The United States will also hold accountable those who seek to thwart the will of the Venezuelan people.

U.S. Department of State

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