Lopez “barred” by Supreme Court

A few posts back, I had celebrated the Inter-American Court of Human Right’s (IACHR) ruling putting an end to political disqualifications in the region.  Unfortunately, this ruling has had little bearing in Venezuela.  The Supreme court, supposedly filled with supporters of President Chavez, declared that the IACHR ruling was “not executable.”  However, justices welcomed Lopez to sign up for elections without clarifying whether or not Lopez could serve as president if elected.

Chavez publicly criticized the IACHR last month stating that the system “protects the corrupt and obeys the mandate of the imperial power.”  The effects of Lopez’s barring are yet to be seen, however some speculate that this ruling could impact the opposition leader’s campaign adversely.



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