Sputnik and Ap

La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, p. 28

Caracas. The president of the National Assembly of Venezuela and head of the government delegation for dialogue, Jorge Rodríguez, confirmed yesterday that this Friday the first deliberation with opponents will take place in Mexico on the memorandum of understanding that both parties signed on the 13th. of August.

Shortly before, the opposition parties announced that they will participate in the regional and municipal elections on November 21, in what will be their first intervention in elections since 2017.

On September 3 at 3 in the afternoon, the first deliberation was installed between the nine members of the Bolivarian government and the representatives of the remnants of Guaidosismo (Juan Guaidó), Rodríguez reported in an act broadcast on Venezolana de Televisión.

The announcement was made after opposition delegates concluded the first phase of the dialogue process with negotiators from the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

Meanwhile, the members of the Venezuelan Unitary Platform stated that they are going to participate in the elections, according to a statement read by the Secretary General of the Democratic Action party, Henry Ramos Allup.

The opposition boycotted previous electoral processes on the grounds that there were no conditions in the country to hold free and fair elections. They refrained from participating even in 2018, when Maduro won re-election.

The members of the platform, led by Juan Guaidó, held a first meeting in the Mexican capital between August 13 and 15 with the delegates of the Maduro government, aimed at finding a way out of the prolonged political and economic crisis in the South American nation.

The Unitary Platform is made up of the parties Un Nuevo Tiempo, Primero Justicia, Acción Democrática, Copei, Voluntad Popular, Convergencia and Movimiento Progresista.