CARACAS – The negotiator for the Venezuelan opposition in the process of developing a dialogue with the government of President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that the president’s claim that negotiations have progressed 95 percent is totally false – the fact is they are losing ground.
“Once again we must contradict the government. Political negotiations have not moved forward – they are losing ground every day,” opposition lawmaker and negotiator Luis Florido told the press in a statement.
Florido said that Maduro’s remarks and those of the Venezuelan ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jesus Uzcategui, are untrue, and since the government has not complied with the conditions required by the opposition, the dialogue is going nowhere.
“From the MUD (opposition coalition) we repeat that... rather than the exploratory process being completed, it has gone backwards, because they took away our electoral guarantees by not allowing us to substitute candidates and they’re trying to get away with electoral fraud,” he said.
Last Sunday, Maduro said he expected the political dialogue between his government and the opposition to resume this week after a document was drawn up that, he said, shows “95 percent progress.”
“I hope that next week, as we agreed with the opposition, the table of dialogue for peace and sovereignty will be reestablished,” the president said at that time.
However, the anti-Chavismo factor insists that the president’s statements are an attempt to use the negotiation process to “demobilize and demoralize Venezuelans” and “create the feeling that there is a hidden agenda.”
“The only 95 percent that is real is the 95 percent of Venezuelans who reject Maduro and his candidates because they are suffering hunger, lack basic necessities and will go out to vote on Oct. 15,” Florido said with reference to the gubernatorial elections to be held next Sunday across the Caribbean nation.