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A Conversation with Henrique Capriles, Presidential Candidate for Venezuela’s Primero Justicia Party

Join us on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ET), for a conversation with opposition candidate Henrique Capriles about about Venezuela’s election and the changing strategies of the democratic opposition.

Date & Time

Aug. 9, 2023
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


Online Only


In October, Venezuela’s opposition holds its presidential primary in advance of the 2024 election. The voting will take place in immensely difficult political conditions for the beleaguered democratic opposition. For two decades, Venezuela’s ruling party has systematically dismantled the country’s democratic institutions. Negotiations in Mexico City failed to produce even minimal conditions for free and fair elections. In recent months, the authoritarian leader, Nicolás Maduro, announced plans to replace the leadership of the National Electoral Council, including the only two independent members of the five-member body. Maduro also recently disqualified a leading opposition figure, María Corina Machado, from participating in the election. In 2017, he similarly prohibited another leading opposition figure, Henrique Capriles, from running for public office, a ban that remain in place.

Nevertheless, the opposition is committed to participating in the election, hoping the contest will provide an opportunity to reconnect with voters, mobilize support, and articulate solutions to the country’s deep economic and humanitarian challenges. Opposition presidential candidates recently participated in a debate, and the opposition is preparing to set up more than 3,000 voting centers nationwide for its October primary.

To learn more about Venezuela’s election and the changing strategies of the democratic opposition, please join the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ET) for a conversation with Capriles. Capriles, founder of the Primero Justicia party, two-time presidential candidate, former governor of Miranda, and former mayor of Baruta, will discuss the lessons from his previous campaigns, the obstacles to running for office amid sustained repression of dissent, and his vision for Venezuela.

This conversation will take place in Spanish with English interpretation.


Henrique Capriles

Henrique Capriles

Presidential Candidate, Primero Justicia Party

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Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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