The MUD’s executive secretary, Jesús Torrealba, announced the expulsion of Copei from the opposition coalition after the TSJ suspended the legitimately elected Copei party leadership headed by Roberto Enríquez on 30 July. The TSJ named a new interim leadership committee under Pedro Urrieta after Copei members placed an internal dispute before the court. The TSJ ruled that the Enríquez leadership had put “personal interests above party interests” by unilaterally selecting 27 legislative candidates. It instructed the national electoral council (CNE) not to accept the nomination of any legislative candidates other than those selected by the new leadership committee.

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