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Maduro votes in the elections and asks to settle differences through debate

Caracas, Dec 6 (EFE) .- Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro voted this Sunday in the legislative elections and asked Venezuelans to settle their differences through debate, “about the truth of each person”, respect and dialogue . In a long statement to the media after casting his vote, he appealed to “the republican institutions” as “the only way in which you can choose”, in accordance with the Constitution and “with the vote of the people.” “Today a new National Assembly (AN, Parliament) is born,” said the president after criticizing the outgoing, which the opposition won with a clear majority in December 2015. The current AN, which ends its mandate on January 5, He described it as “disastrous”, since he considered that it “brought the plague of sanctions” in reference to the US measures and therefore brought “cruelty, pain and suffering” to Venezuela. Faced with this, he asserted that citizens had “patience, endurance, resistance” and with today’s vote, Venezuelans are “doing justice.” DIALOGUE PROPOSAL Maduro also agreed with “an idea that the (former) president (of the Spanish Government José Luis) Rodríguez Zapatero said, that a large national dialogue table be installed with all the political parties of Venezuela.” The president extended the invitation to “the parties that participated in the elections, with the political groups that did not participate in the elections, with all economic sectors, with all social sectors of the country to see the national agenda.” In these elections, the opposition sector headed by Juan Guaidó and several other politicians do not participate since they consider that they are a fraud. However, the most important political parties do go to the polls after being intervened by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), which put former militants in front of the organizations who were expelled and accused of corruption by their former colleagues. At that negotiating table, the head of state stressed that they will debate about the “economic recovery agenda, the agenda to reactivate all the country’s industry, the agenda to reactivate national production, to reactivate international trade and the income of resources. in foreign currency to the country, and also to reactivate a political-electoral agenda. ” Of course, he assured that all this will happen “once the new National Assembly is installed,” which, he said, “will become the political epicenter.” “A NEW ERA” With the new Parliament, he affirmed that “a new era is born in Venezuela” and Venezuelans will be given “the opportunity to start a truly democratic process.” For this reason, he affirmed that he voted “with great emotion.” In addition, he considered that it is “a technical miracle” that experts from the National Electoral Council (CNE) have been able to build “electoral machines” after a fire in a warehouse last January that he described as “an attack.” “In January, they made a bomb attack and burned all the machines,” he said. Without giving more details, he told Venezuelans that those who did not want them to vote “blew up the warehouse where the voting machines were.” Finally, he assured that this January 5 will end “five years of failure”, referring to the majority opposition legislature. “They have done great harm to the National Assembly as an institution, but they have done great harm to the country, they requested and brought economic sanctions against the food we export, against gasoline, industrial supplies,” he concluded. The president indicated “with names and surnames” the main opposition leaders: Henry Ramos Allup, of the Social Democratic Action Democratic Party (AD); Julio Borges, Henrique Capriles’ partner in Primero Justicia y Guaidó, whom more than 50 countries recognize as interim president. (c) EFE Agency

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