Venezuelan Opposition Walked into Maduro’s Trap: Capriles

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Dec 21, 2016, 7:45 pm
Opposition leader Radonski acknowledged that Maduro's "dialogue" was a trap (
Opposition leader Radonski acknowledged that Maduro’s “dialogue” was a trap (La Patilla).


During a press conference, Venezuelan opposition leader and Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles Radonski acknowledged that the dialogue between the Democratic Unity Board (MUD) and the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro was a trick and that the opposition was unable to appropriately defend the recall referendum.

“We did not do a good job. When they stole the referendum from us, we did not defend it as we should have. We ended up falling into the trap, even though we acted in good faith,” Capriles said during the speech called #AskCapriles.

Also, the governor directed criticisms towards the MUD coalition of opposition parties and argued that a change in strategy is needed.

“As of January 1 we must consider a fresh start, discard what is unnecessary. We must learn to listen (…) We must be guided by a new path. In order for the MUD to be relaunched, we must engage in self-criticism,” the political leader emphasized.

Capriles also suggested, again, that within the opposition there are parties and politicians who collaborate with the regime of Nicholas Maduro.

“Yes, there are people here who have an open line of communication with the government and have agreements with them. There are good people and bad people in all parties, including mine,” said the governor, who then considered the need to “review which parties should be part of the MUD.”

He also stated that “we aren’t going to complain” when there is evidence that there are people inside the MUD working with the dictatorship.

It should be remembered that a few weeks ago Capriles assured that he had in his possession a list of opposition “leaders” who had allegedly been bought off by Nicolas Maduro.

The dialogue sponsored by the Vatican between Nicolás Maduro and the MUD has been the subject of fierce criticism. The main opposition parties that participated, included Acción Democrática, Un Nuevo Tiempo and Primero Justicia (of which Capriles is the leader).

The governor’s words prompted sharp reactions among Venezuelans, many of whom had suggested that the dialogue had always been a trap set by Nicolas Maduro.

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Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.

Husband of Judge Who Invalidated Referendum Has Lucrative Contracts with Santos Government

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Dec 21, 2016, 6:59 pm
The husband of a key Colombian magistrate has a large contract with the state oil company for legal representation (

Español The lawyer at the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Medellín, founder of the Legal Clinic of the University of Medellín, and member of the Democratic Center party, Daniel Sanín, reported through his Twitter account that the husband of the magistrate of the Council of State of Colombia, Lucy Jeannette Bermúdez, who invalidated the plebiscite of October 2, has large contracts with the government of Juan Manuel Santos. On Twitter, the lawyer released a copy of a contract between Carlos Augusto Gálvez Argote and Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol for COP $125 million (about US $41,000). Read More: Colombia Peace Deal Failing: Guerrilla Leader Says FARC Won't Give up Weapons Read More: The Economist Calls Colombia Country of the Year in Wake of Peace Deal The purpose of the contract, which is dated August 2015, is the provision of comprehensive legal services in all matters relating to criminal proceedings arising from irregularities noted in certain contracts entered into with the company Petrotiger. The contract entails legal advice, preparation of documents (...) as well as the eventual legal representation of Ecopetrol." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Lucy Jeannette Bermudez on Monday, December 19, currently a magistrate in the Fifth Section of the Council of State of Colombia, ruled that the Colombian Congress and President Juan Manuel Santos should continue with the peace agreement with the FARC, which was rejected by a national referendum on October 2. In this manner, the decision of the Council of State orders the continuation of the peace agreements that were rejected by the Colombian public, thus invalidating the results of the plebiscite of last October 2. Ex-president Alvaro Uribe and his Democratic Center party appear to be the winners of the Colombian backlash against the peace agreement, and are expected to mount a strong challenge for the presidency in 2018.

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