Las presidential elections in Venezuela will be held on July 28in the second half of the year as agreed between the government and the opposition at a negotiation table, the electoral authority reported this Tuesday.

The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Elvis Amoroso, announced in a statement to the press that the board of directors of that organization “unanimously” approved the date of the elections.

President Nicolás Maduro is expected to seek re-election for a new six-year termalthough the socialist leader has not yet formalized his candidacy.

The period for applications will be from March 21 to 25, Amoroso said.

Former liberal deputy María Corina Machado won the primaries of the main opposition coalition, the Unitary Platform, but the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) ratified on January 26 a political disqualification against her. Machado, despite this, insists on his aspirations to run.

The electoral campaign is scheduled from July 4 to 25added the principal rector of the CNE.

Following the ratification of the sanction against Machado, the United States announced that it will reactivate its sanctions against Venezuelan oil, gas and gold, which had been relaxed after the agreements leading up to the elections.


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