Leopoldo López: I can and I will run for president
"We have not come to ask for permission. We have come to ask the Venezuelan people to join us with hope, strength and faith," said the leader of opposition Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) party
Leopoldo López, the former mayor of Chacao municipality and national coordinator of opposition Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) party, announced on Tuesday that he will run for the presidential primary election, because he only needs the popular will to legitimize his nomination.
"We have not come to ask for permission. We have come to ask the Venezuelan people to join us with hope, strength, and faith," said the opposition leader.
The former mayor added that he will not negotiate his rights. "Those who think that they are going to force us to kneel down while they try to snatch our rights are wrong. Dignity will wear the presidential sash in 2012. Rights are not negotiable."
López said that he will continue touring the country "with a proposal of peace, welfare and progress" and with a platform that has been named "For a better Venezuela."
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.