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(CNN Spanish) --

The National Assembly of Venezuela gathered 27 proposals with dates to hold the country's next presidential elections and will deliver them to the National Electoral Council on Friday for analysis, announced the president of the legislative body, Jorge Rodríguez, in a conference press release this Wednesday.

The proposals are part of a National Agreement signed by 152 representatives of various sectors of the country who were summoned to discuss the issue at the beginning of February, said the deputy, a member of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

Rodríguez also assured that this new document "is the development of the Barbados Agreements and replaces it", alluding to the pact that the delegations of the Government of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition established in 2023 for the holding of presidential elections in 2024.

The president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, offers a press conference in Caracas on February 14, 2024. Credit: GABRIELA ORAA/AFP via Getty Images

The Barbados Agreement provides for the elections to be held during the second half of this year.

The opposition parties, which in October chose María Corina Machado as their candidate - who won a primary with more than 90% of the votes - have on several occasions accused the ruling bloc of failing to comply with the terms of the agreement, something that the Government and its representatives reject.


On the side of the ruling party, Jorge Rodríguez himself said at the end of January that Maduro will be his candidate in the race.

With information from Osmary Hernández.

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