The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said this Tuesday that the pardon of more than a hundred members of the opposition was due to an interest in “promoting dialogue” and “creating conditions that allow the widest possible turnout” to parliamentarians from next September 6th.
“To instill confidence, make peace with your enemy,” he said, paraphrasing the Indian leader and activist Mahatma Gandhi. “I want peace, I want democracy for Venezuela, I want participation,” he said.
Maduro has stated that this decision was made despite knowing that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, had approved a plan to kill him.
“I’m not exaggerating, they are trying to move a group of snipers or to buy snipers in Venezuela to kill me,” said the Venezuelan president, who has asked for a vote of confidence for those who were “indignant” about the pardon.