Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, along with other opposition members, are holding talks with the government of Nicolás Maduro in order to postpone the parliamentary elections on December 6th, although these contacts have stalled.
This was announced by the Bloomberg agency, which cited five sources familiar with the matter, after Capriles was in the spotlight earlier this week on alleged contacts with the regime made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and that he himself revealed he had a role had played in Maduro’s decision to pardon 110 people, including dozens of opponents.
According to the sources, Capriles and his allies are seeking the postponement so that the European Union can send election observers as the bloc takes six months to prepare for an observation mission. The former governor of Miranda and his supporters intend to involve the EU as this could guarantee fair elections.
Although the government has already sent letters of invitation to the EU and the UN to act as an observer, Maduro insists on keeping the December 6 date on, arguing that postponing it to 2021 would be in violation of the Constitution, so three of the sources consulted.