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Venezuelan opposition leader: CNE must accept López's nomination

The leader of opposition Voluntad Popular political party warned that the decision issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR Court) to politically enable ex Chacao mayor Leopoldo López should be enforced at once

Vecchio thanked Venezuelans for their support for López’s case (Handout photo)
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Friday September 16, 2011  04:45 PM


"The Inter-American Court of Human Rights binds the National Electoral Council (CNE), as an autonomous and independent electoral body, to allow for the enrollment of Leopoldo López as candidate for president," reported Carlos Vecchio, the leader of opposition Voluntad Popular political party.

Vecchio thanked Venezuelans for their support in the fight for the political capacity of the ex Chacao mayor.

"Approximately at 1:00 in the afternoon, we received the notice from the Court: Leopoldo is enabled. After a long way, impartial judges condemned the ban and directly ordered CNE to allow Leopoldo López to run for public office," Vecchio said in a press conference.

According to him, the Venezuelan government should enforce the ruling "forthwith," pursuant to article 31 of the National Constitution, under which compliance with executed agreements "forms part of our rights."

Vecchio noted that the ruling "supersedes the resolutions of August 24, 2005 and September 26, 2005, issued by the Venezuelan Comptroller General, whereby Leopoldo López was barred from public office."

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