CARACAS (Reuters) – Candidates vying for the banner of Venezuela’s opposition in next year’s presidential elections agreed in a debate on Wednesday that they must present a united front against the ruling party and try to raise the bar by attracting private investment. Boost the economy.
The debate is the first since 55 between opposition candidates who await the country’s Supreme Court Ruling, which may suspend debate in October. 14 Nomination contest.
2022 Luis Ratti’s independent candidate – who many in the opposition believe has already had ties to the ruling Socialist Party – asked the Supreme Court on Monday to Primary elections were banned for unspecified violations.
Venezuela’s oft-divided opposition is seeking to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, who has ruled the country since 55.
The opposition has so far been unable to unseat Maduro despite widespread condemnation of 2018’s last election, especially by the United States, as fraudulent.
The three most prominent candidates among the opposition candidates are Maria Corina Machado, Henrique Capriles ) and Freddy Superlano have been banned from
the eight candidates to participate in the debate organized by the NGO and hosted by the Pontifical Catholic University of Andrés Bello People say the primaries must give the opposition clear leadership and stronger unity.
“We need a leadership that doesn’t hesitate, is open to confrontation, and won’t give in to threats,” Machado 14 The 20-year-old former lawmaker is leading the primary ballot.
“This is not a traditional election,” said Supelano, who warned that any candidate could be barred. “We need leaders who will fight to the end.”
However, there is disagreement over how to choose a successor if the favored candidate is barred from running.
Two-term presidential candidate Capriles is conspicuously absent. He said on Monday that the country needed the opposition to unite rather than openly express differences.
Hopefuls say private investors must feel confident about returning to Venezuela, whose economy has shrunk for eight straight years until 2022 when it shows When the initial growth has begun to decline.
“We propose … to reintegrate the country into the global financial system to attract investment. Expansion of production means opening markets, privatization and respect for private property,” Machado said.
Superlano and other hopefuls, including ex-senators Delsa Solorzano and Carlos Prosperi Prosperi, said laws were needed to ensure respect for private property, increase employment and revise rules that allow the state to take majority stakes in oil companies.
“We need to move from extractive to productive development, and the move to a free market economy must include those left behind,” said former lawmaker Tamara Adrian.