Maria Corina Machado
Maria Corina currently represents the state of Miranda in the National Assembly of Venezuela. She leads the Independent Parliamentary Faction and sits on the Interior Policy Committee. She also ran as an independent presidential candidate in the opposition primaries held in February 2012. Previously, she co-founded and was chairman of SUMATE, Venezuela’s leading watchdog for electoral transparency and promoter of civil liberties and political rights. Under Maria Corina´s guidance, SUMATE´s network of volunteers grew to include more than 30,000 members from all over Venezuela. In 2004, using the right granted by the new Bolivarian Constitution to call for popular referendums, SUMATE successfully organized national petition-signing drives that reached more than a quarter of all registered voters in the country.
World Fellows celebrate 10 years, Yale Daily News, October 10, 2011
Building Democracy from Below in Venezuela, Yale Journal of International Affairs, April 2011
Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan Election, The Weekly Standard, October 14, 2010
Venezuela’s opposition claims majority, Financial Times, September 28, 2010
Machado discusses the April 14, 2013 Venezuelan presidential elections in an interview with the Yale World Fellows Program.
See more videos on Maria Corina Machado’s YouTube channel.