Venezuelan Analyst Warns of Opposition Attacks

Caracas, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan analyst Juan Martorano warned that the opposition right-wing and the United States will continue their destabilizing actions in the country and urged the people to remain united in the face of these threats.

In an interview reproduced by LaiguanaTV, the lawyer and human rights activist also said that a 'black September is predicted, because the enemies of the Bolivarian government will multiply their efforts to submerge the country in an authentic bath of violence and blood.'

He warned the actions will go from the dissemination of fake news to sabotage of public services and increased pressure from international organizations.

Martorano called Venezuelans to be conscious and mobilized in the face of these attacks that seek to impose chaos on the nation and attempt to oust President Nicolás Maduro.

He also affirmed that the United States will take advantage of the next United Nations General Assembly to promote an political escalation against Venezuela and other countries, among them Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia.

However, the analyst believes that the US strategy to dominate Latin America is doomed to fail and that the political situation in the region is beginning to reverse with an eventual return to power of progressive forces in several nations.

In recent weeks, Washington-led aggression against Venezuela have intensified, with the support of Colombia.

Faced with this situation, the Venezuelan Government took contingency measures to defend its sovereignty against a possible military attack on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, including the deployment of more than three thousand troops in that area and the beginning of the Sovereignty and Peace military drill.

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Venezuela Denounces US Intention to Sabotage Political Dialogue

Caracas, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza charged on Tuesday that US authorities are trying to sabotage the political dialogue between the Venezuelan Government and the opposition, which is taking place in Barbados.

On his Twitter account, the foreign minister noted that 'Washington's objective is to implement its new interfering script in the South American country, with consent from local right-wing groups.'

'After the resounding failure of all its modalities of aggression against Venezuela, the Trump administration wants to destroy the process of political dialogue between the Government and the opposition, by trying to impose its warmongering agenda. They will not succeed. Peace will overcome!' Arreaza wrote on Twitter.

The post by the head of Venezuelan diplomacy responded to an article published by the Spanish news agency EFE, according to which, a spokeswoman for the US Department of State noted that 'any discussion on a transition must include Maduro's departure as a previous condition for elections'.

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Venezuelan President Ratifies Willingness to Dialogue with Opposition

Caracas, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ratified the Bolivarian Government''s willingness to talk with the opposition in order to seek a solution to the current situation in the country.

'I want to ratify the Venezuelan Government's commitment to the Norway dialogue, with the construction of a permanent board for solutions,' the president said at the Miraflores Palace (the venue of the Executive).

During a working meeting at which the ministerial cabinet assessed the development of the Beautiful Venezuela Mission, the head of State noted that the doors of the Presidential Palace are open for the right-wing groups to be able to forge a political exchange.

Maduro called on the opposition to abandon the actions of treason and plots, 'let's take a single path, that of the Constitution, of understanding, education, without foreign interventionism. That is what I want. This 2019, we will reach a peace agreement for Venezuela,' he added.

In that regard, he said that the details of the meetings held with representatives of Venezuelan opposition in Oslo to stabilize the situation in the South American nation will be made public next week. On May 20, representatives from the Government and the opposition started a series of meetings to seek political stability in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan president confirms dialogue with opposition in Norway

Caracas, May 18 (RHC)-- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that a new process has begun to initiate a dialogue with the country's opposition, aided by mediation efforts from Norwegian representatives.

From the northern state of Aragua, the leader revealed that the Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez and the governor of the state of Miranda, Hector Rodriguez, joined the delegation that traveled to Norway "to explore the beginnings of a dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition and to map out a peaceful agenda for the country."

The head of the Venezuelan state led the Military Allegiance March along with 6,500 military personnel who are "combat ready, and physically and mentally trained for the civic-military union," he highlighted.

“The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) will continue walking the path of the Republic, of unity, of cohesiveness, of building the future," Maduro said as he reiterated his call for the defense of national sovereignty.

And the Venezuelan president emphasized: "I will never give up. I will never betray the people, and I will always be at the front of every battle that I'm called to. I am content with the future of Venezuela and the FANB."

Edited by Lena Valverde Jord

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Maduro Reiterates Call for Dialogue with Venezuelan Opposition

Caracas, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, reiterated Tuesday the call for dialogue with the opposition as the only way of peaceful coexistence in Venezuela, immersed in a US-backed development coup.

Through a message posted on Twitter, the Venezuelan leader said that the opposition forces should 'ignore the imperial calls that point towards a confrontation between brothers.'

'May Peace prevail!' Said the head of state, who called on the opposition to act sensibly and responsibly, in the face of the US government's pretensions to provoke a civil conflict in Venezuela through ignorance of the legitimate authorities and the support for a parallel government that was not elected at the polls.

On January 23, the US administration of Donald Trump acknowledged the self-proclamation of the head of the National Assembly (Parliament) -declared in contempt by the Supreme Court of Justice-, Juan Guaido, a position emulated by other nations in the region.

This interventionist action led to the rupture of bilateral political relations by the government of Venezuela, which ordered the closure of all diplomatic and consular headquarters in the United States.

The hostile policy of Washington against Caracas included the attempted censorship in the Security Council of the United Nations, the repeated calls for a military uprising against the Bolivarian government, and the most recent attacks on the Venezuelan oil industry, with the freezing of assets of Citgo Petroleum.

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USA Asks to Discuss Venezuela Issue at UN, Despite Opposition

The United States delegation asked the United Nations Security Council to summon a meeting next Saturday on Venezuela, issue that is not considered object of discussion in that organism by members like Russia.

The situation in Venezuela is a domestic problem of that country and does not have to be debated in the Security Council as it is not part of its agenda, told reporters Moscow's permanent representative to the U.N, Vassily Nebenzia.

China also defends the thesis of the non-interference in domestic affairs of United Nations member states. The ambassador of South Africa to the U.N., Jerry Matjila, said it is difficult to find a unified position on that issue in the Security Council.

Any member of the Council can ask for a vote of procedure to block the meeting asked by the United States, for which a minimum of nine votes is needed to summon the meeting.

Besides China, Russia, United States, United Kingdom and France cannot call their vetoes.

Diplomatic sources point to the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, hopes to participate in the meeting asked to be scheduled for Saturday. Washington does not have an ambassador to the U.N. since the departure of Nikki Haley on December 31 last.

This Thursday, the U.N. General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, stressed the urgent need that all relevant actors commit to a political dialogue, inclusive and credible in Venezuela and called to reduce tensions and prevent violence.

The eve, Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro denounced that the United States leads an operation for a coup d'Etat that aims to impose a parallel government in that nation which subordinates to their interests.

Those declarations of the Venezuelan head of State refer to the recognition by the U.S. government of the self-proclaimed head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as 'president in charge', found in contempt by the Supreme Court.

In that way, they pretend to treat as illegitimate the new constitutional period of Maduro, elected by the majority.

Washington accepted a president by non-constitutional ways, rejected Maduro, while announcing the cessation of diplomatic and political bilateral relations.

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Nearly 80% of Venezuelans Want Peace Talks to Resume

A national survey says 79% of the Venezuelan population want the government and opposition to resume peace talks, with the Pope as mediator.

Nearly 80 percent of the Venezuelan population wants a return to peace talks between the government and opposition.

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According to the Hinterlaces, a Venezuelan polling company, 79  percent of the 1,580 people questioned, 79 percent of them think the peace talks called by President Nicolas Maduro are important for the nation’s economy and overall stability.

The information is based on the question posed to those surveyed between April 25 and May 11 - prior to the nation’s general elections - "Do you agree or disagree that dialogue should continue between the national government and the opposition no matter who wins the presidential elections?"

Incumbent Maduro handily returned as head of state by taking 67.7 percent of the popular vote on May 20.  

Seventy-nine of those asked said ‘yes’, while 19 percent said ‘no’ to the proposal. Nearly the same percentage - 75 to 21 - said they wanted to see the talks mediated by an international representative.

The previous talks, which ended last February with the opposition refusing to sign the agreement they had worked on for months with the government, if not years, was mediated by current and former leaders of Spain and the Dominican Republic, where the talks took place. Over 80 percent of those surveyed said Pope Francis should be the lead mediator.  

Over the weekend, the administration released a second group of opposition activists who were awaiting trial in connection with violent protests that killed nearly 200 people between 2014 and 2017. Their release was a concession the opposition wanted to be met as part of the dissolved talks it leaders stepped away from.  

The Venezuelan government announced this week that the second round of talks will begin this week this time with community leaders, workers, rural farmers, academics, youth leaders and teachers with the intent to address the country’s economic model.

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Venezuela Fake News Debunked: Assembly Not Annulled, No Coup

The Supreme Court ruled that the National Assembly was in contempt of the constitution in January 2016.

As the usual suspects attack the Bolivarian government in Venezuela for a ruling today by the Supreme Court of Justice, claiming that there has been a "coup" and that the country has fallen into a dictatorship, the Venezuelan government has denounced this attempt at destabilizing the government.

RELATED: Venezuela Supreme Court Says National Assembly Still in Contempt

Following an appeal filed by the Venezuelan Corporation of Petroleum to Article 33 of the Organic Law of Hydrocarbons on the creation of joint ventures, the court ruled that since the National Assembly continues to be in contempt of the constitution, the top court will "ensure the rule of law" and will exercise parliamentary powers where necessary.

"As long as the disrespect and invalidity of the proceedings of the National Assembly persists, this Constitutional Chamber will ensure that the parliamentary powers are exercised directly by this Chamber or by the body it has in place to ensure the rule of law," said the ruling.

The U.S. issued a condemnation saying that the "Venezuelan Supreme Court's March 29 decision ... usurp(ed) the power of the democratically-elected National Assembly." Opposition leader Julio Borges, who was elected president of the parliament by his fellow opposition legislators in spite of the ruling, described this as a "coup" and called for the court to be disavowed.

Opposition ally and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro called the ruling a "self-coup," while Peru withdrew its ambassador to the country. On Twitter, the phrase "coup d'etat" was trending although on the streets of Venezuela everything was calm, with no interruption in governance.

While the reactions have been plentiful, the ruling from the top court was not actually anything new, nor does it actually imply a dissolution of the country's national assembly and its powers.

Here is what is really going on.

National Assembly Has Been in Contempt of the Constitution Since 2016

On Jan. 5, 2016, the Supreme Court declared the National Assembly in contempt of the constitution for swearing-in three opposition lawmakers whose elections were temporarily suspended for voting irregularities in the state of Amazonas. Given that it has been operating with non-verified legislators, the court has said all of the assembly's actions are illegal.

Amazonas Candidates Tried to Buy Votes

There are recordings in which the then-secretary of the government of Amazonas, Victoria Franchi, offered sums of money to groups of people to vote for the opposition candidates. Therefore, the court suspended the election results from the state. However, the National Assembly flaunted this ruling and swore them in as deputies.

National Assembly Could Restore Its Status Easily but Has Refused

According to constitutional lawyer Enrique Tineo Suquet, the National Assembly could easily resolve its legal status by requesting the body's elected president call for a session to remove the three lawmakers and hold new elections for the positions. Tineo Suquet said that despite this, the assembly has decided to remain in contempt.

It's All in the Constitution: National Assembly Not Annulled

Article 336.9 of the country's constitution gives powers to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to resolve any situation that may arise among the state powers. According to Venezuela's constitution, the functions of the constitutional branch of the Supreme Court include acting "to resolve constitutional controversies arising between any of the organs of Public Power."

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