Pepe Mujica Condemns Maduro Regime’s Actions in Venezuela: A Critical Look at Democracy

2024-03-31 23:25:00
Pepe Mújica criticized the Maduro regime for not allowing them to participate in the next presidential elections.

The leftist leader and former Uruguayan president José ‘Pepe’ Mujica said that the situation in Venezuela is “regrettable” because in the Caribbean country “it seems that they play at democracy but they do not play at democracy.”

Within the framework of an act of his political force, the left-wing coalition Frente Amplio (FA), and consulted about the concern expressed by governments of various Latin American countries after the disqualification of the opposition candidate Corina Yoris, Mujica declared to the press that “what happened in Venezuela is regrettable.”

“It seems that they play at democracy but they do not play at democracy,” he said, who in turn warned that it is “equivocal” to use the term dictatorship to refer to the government of Nicolás Maduro with a comparison with Middle Eastern countries.

“The term dictatorship is misleading, what is there in Afghanistan? What do the Taliban have? Are they dictatorships or are they theocracies? And what is there in Saudi Arabia? That is, we use the terms without specifying them,” stated the former guerrilla who governed Uruguay between 2010 and 2015.

To this he added that “what is clear is that in Venezuela there is no basic respect for the opposition and that disturbs and creates a situation in which this cannot be called democracy.”

File Photo: Corina Yoris Villasana speaks during a press conference after being nominated to replace Venezuelan opposition leader María Corina Machado as presidential candidate, in Caracas, Venezuela, March 22, 2024. REUTERS/Gaby Oraa – RC29R6AOY5M8

Mujica’s statements come after the FA pre-candidate he supports for the internal elections in June was criticized by pro-government pre-candidates for saying that the disqualification of candidates in Venezuela is like “cheating” in a horse race for not allowing run to everyone.

The Uruguayan vice president, Beatriz Argimón, assured last Thursday that in Venezuela there was “a process of worsening of the dictatorship” to which she defended the decision of the president, Luis Lacalle Pou, to keep an ambassador in the Caribbean country.

Previously, the chancellor, Omar Paganini, assured that Venezuela is consolidating itself as “a dictatorship” and that its electoral process “has been completely distorted.”

Paganini thus underlined the importance of the statement in which Uruguay expressed, together with Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Peru, its “serious concern” regarding the “persistent impediments” in the registration of presidential elections before the National Electoral Council.

The presidents of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and France, Emmanuel Macron, also sent a strong message to Maduro on Thursday, urging him to hold democratic elections “with the participation of everyone” after describing the disqualification as “serious.” by Yoris, chosen to replace the already banned María Corina Machado.

For its part, the regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela attacked Mujica and his regional allies Gustavo Petro, president of Colombia; and Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva, president of Brazil.

Through his account on the social network Put your opinions where they fit.”

“Do President Petro, President Lula, Mujica, etc., know about the insurrectional and assassination plan revealed here by the main spokesperson of fascism in Miami?” asked the Chavismo reference; while he continued: “Would your countries accept plans to attack the president like the ones we have revealed on numerous occasions? Do you know that the fascist organization Vente Venezuela never requested to be registered as a political party nor was there any application on its own initiative? That is to say, that party was never registered in the CNE (National Electoral Council) nor did they seek registration on their own initiative,” Rodríguez published.

And he completed: “Have you heard that 100% of the parties accredited to the CNE registered any of the 13 candidates, from across the political spectrum, competing for the presidency of Venezuela? Ignorance? Ignorance? Fear? We don’t get involved in anyone’s business. Put your opinions where they fit.”

(With information from EFE)

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