It Was Just a Matter of Time


Earlier today Henrique Capriles Randoski informed through his Twitter account that he has been suspended from running for public office for a 15 year-period due to a sentence from the Office of the Comptroller General:

“Breaking: I let the country and international opinion know that I’ve just been notified of a SUSPENSION for 15 years”

According to Article 287 of the Constitution, the Office of the Comptroller General “Controls, oversees and audits revenues, expenses, public and national property, and all transactions relating to these.” Along with the Ombudsman and the General Prosecutor, it makes up the Citizen Branch of the Venezuelan Government.

This was just the latest move against the state governor for Miranda, two-time presidential candidate, and by far most popular leader of the largest opposition party in the National Assembly. Other moves in the recent past have included accusing him of taking bribes from Odebrechtwhile gleefully ignoring the red elephants in the room— or fining him 40,000 Bolivars (about US$10) for receiving funds for a sports field from the Embassy of Poland.

Capriles had already warned that the Comptroller General was looking for an excuse to suspend him politically, but it’s too early to tell what this means for Capriles and the rest of the opposition leadership.

One could make the case that the government is trying to make an example of him or even cause an internal crisis within a recently re-galvanized opposition. It could also be another case of a splintered government not acting in a coordinated fashion. Then again, it could just be Maduro being a dictator, y ya. 

In light of what’s been going on over the past week and how far away, and unlikely, any kind of elections appear, especially after state governor elections were indefinitely postponed, this could easily turn up the heat instead of allowing things to cool down.

Which may be what the government wants?


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  1. Isn’t this akin to suspending the drivers license of a blind man? I lived in Caracas in the 70’s and sadly doubt I have sufficient years remaining to again see a free and prosperous Venezuela.

  2. After he left LL in a very dark place for years, avoiding his competition? He should be thankful.

    He already lost twice.. way beyond expiration date, in fact rather rancid meat. Good riddance.

    That said, maybe it will change his perspective from his personal agenda and fortune to support others who can lead the country, maybe fight to free LL who, IMHO is the only one who has a strategy to defeat the regime and a vision to the future.

    Thank you CG.

    • I wouldn’t go as far as thanking the cg just yet, but if the opposition leaderhip is smart enough it could pave the way for a new better leader to emerge, this could very well be the regime’s worst mistake

  3. the regime is probably counting on the protest just waining down by attrition anytime soon so they just might take the opportunity to go as far as they can with their agenda, besides, they know that targeting individuals is easier than targeting groups, The public won’t defend capriles, allup nor any polititian.

    For what is worth, this show that the regime knows it has no chance in elections, however, the only way the protests can become serious is if more high ranking chavistas come out and say something similar to what Ortega said, I really doubt the opposition can fuel these protest alone for long

  4. Does this mean that he loses the governorship of Miranda? Understanding that the government has long since bypassed him, deprived him of funding, and created parallel organizations to provide the services which the state used to provide, nevertheless it was still symbolic. Will the government appoint a new governor?

    • Roy—according to Daniel’s posting this past friday, Capriles can finish out his term, makes sense only in a State like Venezuela finds itself in.

      quoted from his cite without permission.

      “5) I saved you the best for last. If Capriles crimes are so egregious that he should be barred from seeking office for 15 years, WHY, OH WHY is he not removed from office right now? But no, the Contraloria allows him to finish his term. Since he is a criminal and a bad manager, corrupt, he certainly will have time to attempt at the welfare of Miranda state citizens, No? Shouldn’t the good citizens of Miranda be protected from such a predator? Or am I missing something?”


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