The Venezuelan Parliament approved the opening of a political process against President Nicolas Maduro. The process will be carried out by the National Assembly and it will investigate on the work of the President and his responsibility in “constitutional violations, human rights abuses, attacks on democracy and the economic crisis of the country.” According to the National Assembly’s decision, Maduro will be expected to answer questions from deputies next week yet, probably on November 1st.
The Venezuelan president accused the opposition of attempting a “golpe” against his government in order to remove him from office before the end of the mandate, which should be completed in 2019. After returning from Rome, where he met the Pope, Maduro has called a National Security Council meeting. Moreover, in a speech to unified networks, broadcast from a stage near the presidential palace, Maduro called the National Assembly’s decision – which he compared to a “circus” – “the last shot of Obama tail,( obsessed with the destruction of Venezuela )”.
Venezuela is in a severe economic crisis, for a very long time, which has also led some citizens to seek refuge in neighboring countries. At first they tried to resolve the emergency with the rationing of electricity and blackouts scheduled, but these “solutions” have pushed, even further, Venezuelans in desperation. The absence of electricity has also led to the reduction of the working hours of public employees , that consequently gave off a series of inconvenience to citizens. Also scheduled power cuts have caused serious problems to grocery stores and supermarkets: without electricity it was impossible to ensure the proper functioning of freezers and refrigerators.
Last week Maduro had blocked the petition which called to set up a referendum to demand his dismissal. It all started when the Courts of four states have indicated that there had been irregularities and therefore had invalidated the process of collection. Based on this fact the National Electoral Council, CNE, had suspended the collection of signatures throughout the country, causing the anger of the opposition who called the gesture a “suppression of democracy.”
The meeting with the Pope
Nicolas Maduro flew to Rome for a private meeting with Pope Francis. To report the news has been the Vatican Press Office, which showed the critical economic , political and social situation, the Pope emphasizes the need of a “sincere and constructive dialogue” between the government and the opposition, with the aim of alleviating the suffering of the people and promote “a renewed social cohesion.” Just yesterday, before there was an escalation of tension between government and opposition, the apostolic nuncio in Argentina, announced for next October 30( in Margaret island ) the opening of a discussion table with the delegates of the two sides, called to find a solution for Venezuela.