Venezuela’s opposition is holding primaries to elect its new candidate on October 22nd

Opponents will try to regain momentum after years of instability, facing a serious crisis of voter apathy

Demonstration of young dissidents in Caracas Reuters


Updated at 4:45 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Venezuelan opposition announced that it will hold primary elections to choose its presidential candidate Next October 22nd. The winner will attend the presidential elections scheduled for 2024.

In this way, the opposition will hold its primaries for the first time since 2012. The opponents expect regain momentum After years of futile attempts to overthrow the government of Chavisa President Nicolás Maduro, he faces a deep crisis of voter apathy, among other challenges.

Juan Guaido, who has not yet made it clear if he will attend the process after he was stripped of the leadership of the opposition National Assembly in January, celebrated on Twitter by announcing the date “for the reunification of the country and that hope is reborn in Venezuela.”

The main opposition groups in Venezuela refused to participate in the recent elections of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela No democratic guaranteesbut they set themselves the goal of restoring the lost momentum with the aim of future operations, which still have to be determined in the calendar.

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A lone candidate is a frequent demand by high-profile leaders. Not surprisingly, in the 2012 and 2013 presidential elections, the then opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles, was close to Hugo Chavez first, and Nicolás Maduro, later.

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