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HometopicBiden admin's Venezuela appeasement backfires as Maduro suspends primaries for alleged 'corruption'

Biden admin’s Venezuela appeasement backfires as Maduro suspends primaries for alleged ‘corruption’

Venezuela’s top court on Monday nullified results of an opposition presidential primary that took place last month — just weeks after the U.S. lifted sanctions on some of the country’s industries in exchange for a free election guarantee. 

“Following the request of preventative protection and in consequence, all the effects of the distinct phases of the electoral process conducted by the National Primary Commission are suspended,” Venezuela’s Supreme Justice Tribunal said on its website.

“[Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro hoodwinked [U.S. President] Biden by making promises to lift sanctions, but these promises are likely to prove ineffective, especially concerning primary elections in Venezuela after the illegitimate Supreme Court’s decision voiding the result,” Isaias Medina III, a former Venezuelan diplomat at the U.N. Security Council who resigned in 2017 due to Maduro’s human rights violations and crimes against humanity, told Fox News Digital. 

“Anticipating elections without a strong foundation of the rule of law is akin to expecting an apple tree to bear figs; a fundamental principle must be in place for the desired outcome to manifest,” he said. 

Medina added, “Until Maduro’s network of influence is removed from power and Venezuela is liberated from his grasp, it’s unrealistic to expect any significant change from the current status quo. Venezuela remains a haven for terrorists. Loosening sanctions is not a viable alternative, while Maduro continues to strangle the civilian population through human rights violations, grand corruption, and money laundering, effectively imposing a hyperinflation tax.”

 

Machado also helped organize protests against Maduro’s government after she left office, and the government accused her of supporting sanctions against the country, France 24 reported. 

Former Venezuelan U.N. diplomat Medina offered advice for the Biden administration on the consequences of trusting Caracas: “The income generated from Chevron and other oil companies will potentially fund conflicts on two fronts, ultimately benefiting Maduro’s allies, including [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which are backed by Iran. These groups are further entrenched by the Venezuelan regime, located just three hours from Miami.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

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