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Guaidó proposes a transitional government while the Government agrees with small parties a new dialogue

September 16, 2019

The 'chavismo' invites the dialogue to “the political forces that want it” but Guaidó rejects “hot cloths”

MADRID, Sep 16 (OTR / PRESS) –

The self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, has revealed on Monday that he offered the government of Nicolás Maduro a transitional government to lead the country to a “real” presidential election and stressed that the proposal remains “on the table” , at the same time that 'Chavismo' has reached an agreement with minority opposition parties to resume the dialogue.

Guaidó has appeared before the press to publicize the details of the dialogue that Government and opposition began in May in Oslo and continued in Barbados until finally last August it broke, as explained then the Miraflores Palace, for the new batch of United States sanctions.

The opposition leader has described this explanation as a “cheap excuse” and has argued that “the regime ran away” because it was offered a “real solution” to the humanitarian, economic and political crisis that Venezuela has been suffering for years. “The regime is not interested in solving,” he has reproached.

Guaidó has said that he offered Maduro to create “a transitional council, plural and equitable, with all political forces and that the Armed Forces also make up.” “This would imply the immediate departure of Maduro and my separation from office until a royal presidential election,” he said.

The objective of the “governing council” would be to facilitate the “immediate entry of humanitarian aid”, to reach “an agreement to overcome the economic isolation of Venezuela as a result of the bad policies of the regime” and prepare the ground for presidential elections.

To make this appointment with the polls a reality, Guaidó said that he proposed to Maduro a total renovation of the National Electoral Council (CNE), the release of the “political prisoners” and the end of disqualifications to opposition parties and leaders, as well as ” personal security guarantees “for all those involved in the electoral process.

Guaidó has defended that it is a “sensible proposal” whose objective is “to generate governance to attend the (humanitarian) emergency and hold elections in the shortest possible time” and has urged Maduro to explain to Venezuelans why he rejected it.

The head of the National Assembly has declared the Oslo and Barbados format “exhausted” due to the Government's meeting, but at the same time he has assured that “the proposal for a real solution to the conflict is on the table” and has appealed ” to all sectors “to” push “to materialize it.

Guaidó has asserted that the opposition will continue to exert the “maximum pressure”, both inside and outside Venezuela, “to be able to apply this concrete solution proposal.” Among the “mechanisms” to be explored, TIAR has specifically mentioned a regional treaty that contains a collective defense clause.

NEW DIALOGUE

Simultaneously to the appearance of Guaidó, the Government of Maduro and four minority parties of the Venezuelan opposition have announced from the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs an agreement to resume the dialogue that already contemplates concrete pacts to renew the CNE and that the deputies' Chavistas' return to the National Assembly.

The agreement commits the Government of Maduro and Avanzada Progresista (AP), Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS), Soluciones para Venezuela (SPV) and Soluciones y Cambiemos, small parties that became part of the opposition coalition Mesa de Unidad Democrática (MUD) and that they broke up with her because of internal disagreements.

Avanzada Progresista is the political party of Henri Falcón, a former 'Chavista' leader who joined the opposition ranks and then returned as an independent candidate to participate in the presidential elections of May 20, 2018, not recognized either by the MUD or by good Part of the international community.

The agreement's main objective is to create a new negotiating table, although it already includes specific agreements so that the deputies of the PSUV governor return to the National Assembly and renew the CNE, in addition to “electoral guarantees”, although it does not clarify which.

The parties have also agreed to “urge the justice system through the Life Commission to apply measures of release in cases that allow it,” thus opening the door to the release of political prisoners.

Likewise, they have rejected “the economic sanctions against the country” claiming “the lifting of the same”, have proposed that “the oil and food exchange program be implemented” and have ratified “the legitimate rights of Venezuela over the Essequibo “.

The signing of the agreement was attended by the Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, and the Foreign and Information Ministers, Jorge Arreaza and Jorge Rodríguez, respectively, by the Government; and the opposition deputy Timoteo Zambrano, Luis Romero (AP), Claudio Fermín (SPV) and Felipe Mujica (MAS), by the opposition.

Through this dialogue “we will continue to agree to remove obstacles that damage democracy,” said Timoteo Zambrano, of Solutions and Change. “It is not an easy road, but it is different. We promise to act with transparency and seriousness,” he said, according to local press reports.

“HOT PAÑITOS”

For his part, the spokesman, Jorge Rodríguez, stressed that it is “an open door to form a national table to resolve disputes”, pointing in this way to the possibility that in the future other opposing factions can be added . “You can add the political strength that you want,” he said.

Questioned on how the already agreed will be applied, Rodríguez explained that “the PSUV will be incorporated immediately into the National Assembly”, indicating that the implementation of the other points “will be seen”.

Guaidó, who has been asked at the press conference about this agreement between the Government and minority parties, has rejected it because it is a new Maduro political “maneuver” to not talk about the “concrete solution” proposed by the opposition majority.

“Putting hot water cloths on today … would be not only irresponsible, but sadistic and directly a crime against humanity,” he replied, referring to the recent report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, about the situation in Venezuela.

Guaidó recalled that the last time the Government proposed an “alternative” to the dialogue with the majority opposition was with the presidential elections of May 20, 2018 – in which Falcón participated. “And we already know what the consequences were,” he added.

Thus, Guaidó has urged Maduro to explain why he rejects the proposal of Oslo and Barbados, which, he has revealed, was “very advanced.” “The important thing here is that at the table (there is) the proposal for a real solution to the conflict … Trying any other subterfuge is simply distracting,” he has settled.