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LATIN AMERICA | 27-03-2024 13:33

Argentina shelters Venezuelan opposition leaders in Caracas

Underlining the worries among Venezuela's anti-Maduro activists, several members of the opposition have been taken in at the Argentine ambassador's Caracas residence.

Argentina "has welcomed in political leaders from the opposition at the Official Embassy Residence”, the Government confirmed in a press release after the press reported that six activists linked with opposition leader María Corina Machado sought refuge at the diplomatic seat.

The Argentine Government also stated its “concern” over an incident which took place on Monday and “resulted in the cutting off of the power supply at the official residence in Caracas”.

It warned Venezuela “about any deliberate action endangering the safety of the Argentine diplomatic staff and the Venezuelan citizens under protection, reminding them of the obligation of the host State to safeguard the facilities of the diplomatic mission”.

According to journalistic reports, Magalli Meda, Machado’s right hand, is one of the opposition leaders who asked for protection.

Seven of Machado’s collaborators have been arrested in Venezuela over reports of “destabilising” plans Seven of Machado’s collaborators have been arrested in Venezuela amid claims they have put into action “destabilising” plans against the Maduro administration.

Others, Meda among them, have arrest warrants out against them.against the Government of President Nicolás Maduro, and seven more, Meda among them, have arrest warrants against them.

“President Javier Milei is urging socialist Nicolás Maduro to ensure the safety and well-being of the Venezuelan people, as well as to call for a transparent, free, democratic and competitive election, without any kind of ban”, the press release concluded.

The main Venezuelan opposition coalition, Plataforma Unitaria, reported blocked access to register its candidate, Corina Yoris, for the presidential election next July 28.

Yoris was appointed by Machado given her impossibility to attend since she has been barred from office for 15 years. 

However, the alliance announced that it was able to temporarily nominate diplomatic Edmundo González Urrutia on Tuesday.

Maduro aspires to a third term which would lead him to being 18 years in power.

--TIMES/AFP

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