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Venezuela rejects opposition leader Machado's bid to run in congressional elections

  • Opposition leader and former lawmaker Maria Corina Machado waves as she and her supporters arrive to the National Electoral Council (CNE) with the intention of registering Machado's candidacy for congressional elections in Los Teques, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Machado, who was not allowed to register on Monday, is among hardline leaders who called for President Nicolas Maduro to resign last year and helped lead sometimes bloody street protests demanding an end to the South American country's administration. The ruling party stripped her of her congressional seat amid the protests and barred her from holding public office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Opposition leader and former lawmaker Maria Corina Machado waves as she and her supporters arrive to the National Electoral Council (CNE) with the intention of registering Machado's candidacy for congressional elections in Los Teques, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Machado, who was not allowed to register on Monday, is among hardline leaders who called for President Nicolas Maduro to resign last year and helped lead sometimes bloody street protests demanding an end to the South American country's administration. The ruling party stripped her of her congressional seat amid the protests and barred her from holding public office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Isabel Pereira, right, stands with opposition leader and former lawmaker Maria Corina Machado as they speak to the media after Machado was unable to register her candidacy for congressional elections, outside the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Los Teques, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Pereira, who appears occasionally as a guest political analyst on news programs, registered in Machado's place. Machado is among hardline leaders who called for President Nicolas Maduro to resign last year and helped lead sometimes bloody street protests demanding an end to the South American country's administration. The ruling party stripped her of her congressional seat amid the protests and barred her from holding public office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Isabel Pereira, right, stands with opposition leader and former lawmaker Maria Corina Machado as they speak to the media after Machado was unable to register her candidacy for congressional elections, outside the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Los Teques, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Pereira, who appears occasionally as a guest political analyst on news programs, registered in Machado's place. Machado is among hardline leaders who called for President Nicolas Maduro to resign last year and helped lead sometimes bloody street protests demanding an end to the South American country's administration. The ruling party stripped her of her congressional seat amid the protests and barred her from holding public office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition leader and former lawmaker Maria Corina Machado greets supporters as she leaves the National Electoral Council (CNE) as soldiers stand guard in Los Teques, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, after she was not allowed to register her candidacy for December's congressional elections. Machado is among hardline leaders who called for President Nicolas Maduro to resign last year and helped lead sometimes bloody street protests demanding an end to the South American country's socialist administration. The ruling party stripped her of her congressional seat amid the protests and barred her from holding public office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Opposition leader and former lawmaker Maria Corina Machado greets supporters as she leaves the National Electoral Council (CNE) as soldiers stand guard in Los Teques, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, after she was not allowed to register her candidacy for December's congressional elections. Machado is among hardline leaders who called for President Nicolas Maduro to resign last year and helped lead sometimes bloody street protests demanding an end to the South American country's socialist administration. The ruling party stripped her of her congressional seat amid the protests and barred her from holding public office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

Venezuelan election officials have rejected a high-profile opposition leader's attempt to register as a candidate for upcoming congressional elections.

Maria Corina Machado announced Monday that the National Elections Council had rejected her attempt to register to run in the Dec. 6 elections.

Machado is calling the rejection of her candidacy a grotesque violation of her rights.

She previously served in the oil country's National Assembly, but was stripped of her congressional seat in the midst of violent anti-government protests last year.

In July, elections officials barred her and a handful of other high-profile critics of the country's socialist administration from holding office. Officials say Machado failed to make required financial disclosures.