Political Talks in Venezuela Must Respect Constitution, Cabello Says

By Elizabeth Borrego Rodriguez

Caracas, July 13 (Prensa Latina) The dialogue in Venezuela must include respect for the Constitution, an indispensable requirement in any political rapprochement, said Diosdado Cabello, President of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC).

In an interview with Prensa Latina, the leader dismissed a proposal for presidential elections in the current negotiations, one of the main demands of the opposition even before the talks began.

I don’t understand that request in any way, there were presidential elections in Venezuela on May 20, 2018, as corresponded constitutionally and Nicolas Maduro won,’ he said.

According to Cabello, the government delegation’s proposals include the possible application of an amnesty law or even to particular individuals.

The President, Nicolas Maduro, assured this week that the representation of the Executive took six points to the third round of talks with the opposition, held with the mediation of Norway in Barbados.

After this first meeting, official sources have confirmed the installation of a permanent table in that country aimed at moving forward through dialogue in the search for peace for the country.

In this sense, the President of the ANC recognized as a pressing need for the opposition to request the end of the blockade, intensified by the United States since January as a ‘show of support’ for the self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido.

Not the sanctions against Diosdado but the sanctions against the country, that the government can go anywhere to buy medicines and food,’ he stressed.

However, said the leader, so far the opposition has not shown interest in this way.

Conversations between the government and the opposition were resumed in the midst of the internal conflict generated in the opposition groups after the publication of a corruption scandal with capital donated for alleged humanitarian purposes. Cabello recalled that this issue has increased international pressure to the right six months after Guaido’s self-proclamation.

Another demand from the right insists on radical change within the National Electoral Council to, in agreement with the socialist leader, establish five opposition rectors. That is the democracy in which they believe, the democracy of the ‘outburst’. To reach an agreement it is fundamental to respect the Constitution and there is no way forward if the right does not comply,’ he asserted.


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