Henry Ramos Allup, a vice president of the Socialist International who has entrenched himself in the opposition leadership, announced this week that his MUD member party, Democratic Action, would field candidates in the December election.
That day, the MUD Twitter account confirmed his claims, posting a statement reading “our struggle is for the vote, the most powerful weapon of rejection against the Maduro regime.”
The loudest opposition to this plan has come from the MUD member party Vente Venezuela, led by former National Assembly lawmaker María Corina Machado.
“I salute that today all the opposition political parties have registered candidates before the CNE and are willing to participate in democratic, free elections, under [CNE director] Tibisay Lucena,” Maduro said.
Voluntad Popular, a Socialist International member party led by political prisoner Leopoldo López, announced that it would field its own political prisoners as regional election candidates in protests.
— María Corina Machado (@MariaCorinaYA) August 10, 2017
Es dictadura. Nos quedamos POLÍTICAMENTE solos, pero del lado de la gente y sin perder el objetivo para terminar con este régimen ya.
— María Corina Machado (@MariaCorinaYA) August 9, 2017