The government and the opposition Venezuela Resumed, on Friday (3), negotiations in Mexico., whose immediate objective is to establish a timetable and guarantees for the participation of the parties against Nicolas Maduro In the regional elections in November.
After this week confirmed it They will compete in the mayoral and mayoral elections on November 21, the opposition breaks with three years of electoral boycott and reaffirms the agreements reached on August 13 in a memorandum of understanding during the first round of negotiations.
In this document, seven discussion points were raised, including political rights, electoral guarantees and the timetable for monitored elections, which are priority issues on the opposition’s agenda as of Friday, according to information from an AFP source.
“Our goal is to reach an agreement that resolves the conflict through free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections with guarantees,” opposition leader Juan Guaido said in a video posted on social media.
“We all know that today there are no conditions for a free and fair electoral process in Venezuela, and that is why we in Mexico, we are struggling to reach these conditions,” he added.
The memorandum also includes aspects such as lifting sanctions and restoring rights, political and social coexistence, protecting the economy and ensuring implementation, as well as monitoring and verifying what has been agreed upon.
The president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and head of the government delegation, Jorge Rodriguez, told Telesur on Thursday that his proposals would focus in particular on the “economic and social issue (…) and on the return of resources that belong to Venezuela, to be able to meet the needs of the entire population.”
Maduro and members of the delegation met Thursday evening at the presidential palace in Miraflores. “We have amended the last details of the petitions document, which we will take to Mexico on the new day to negotiate with sectors of the opposition,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
The dialogue table, which began, according to opposition sources, after 12:00 local time (2:00 pm in Brasilia) and will continue until Monday (6), facilitated by the Kingdom of Norway and has the support of Mexico.
Guaido, who is recognized by fifty countries as a responsible president, added that the opposition parties’ decision to participate in the November elections was the result of “a arduous process (…) to fight on another front of the battle, but work toward the same end.”
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