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Venezuelan Dictatorship Bans Opposition Leader Capriles from Politics for 15 Years

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 7, 2017, 3:37 pm
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Henrique Capriles Radonski: “I inform the country and the international public opinion that I was just notified about a 15-year prohibition from politics” (Flickr).

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Nicolas Maduro’s regime has politically disqualified the governor of the state Miranda and opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski. It was just a rumor until a few hours ago and was confirmed by the same official, who reported that he was notified about the prohibition.

“I inform the country and the international public that I was just notified about a 15-year prohibition,” wrote the opposition leader on Twitter today.

Tweet: URGENT: I inform the country and international public opinion that I was notificied right now about a 15-year PROHIBITION.

“This is intended to harass me and those of us who work in the government. I will not negotiate with anyone, because principles are not negotiable. I am a democrat and I will continue to defend the Constitution and democracy,” he said.

On Wednesday, the General Comptroller of the Republic imposed a USD $10 fine on him “for altering the state of Miranda’s budget.”

The state agency also noted the alleged link between Capriles and Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, accused of paying bribes to Latin American governments to obtain contracts.

“The only way to disqualify an official to prevent them from being elected is through a conviction,” he said.

The regional president told comptroller Manuel Galindo that it is not the fine that is important in the citation, but the “plot that is being set up.”

Article 65 of the Constitution prohibits from politics “Those who have been convicted of offenses committed during the exercise of their functions that affect public patrimony, within the time determined by law, from the moment the sentence is filed, in accordance to the seriousness of the crime. ”

 

Capriles denies ties with Odebrecht

All of the construction company Odebrecht’s contracts in the state of Miranda (Venezuela) were signed when Diosdado Cabello was governor, according to opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski.

Capriles stated that the only contract in which the current management had participated in was in Los Teques Metro and, shortly after taking office, they were “removed” from the project.

“We have no relationship with Odebrecht. The national government has a relationship with them. There’s a scam in all of Odebrecht’s contracts, in all of them,” he asserted.

“Yesterday there was confusion between Odebrecht and the Comptroller. Odebrecht had contracts with Miranda’s government when Diosdado was governor. They also built the Los Teques subway, among other constructions, the government hires them and blames us. Whoever has doubts may ask, I have all the information about Odebretch in the state of Miranda,” said the opposition leader.

Sources: Efecto Cocuyo; El Nacional

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Panama: Catholic Charity Defies President’s Order to Shut Down Shelters for Cubans

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 7, 2017, 2:35 pm
Panama's president has recently taken a tough line on Cuban refugees passing through the country (

Español Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela gave an ultimatum to end the humanitarian accommodation of hundreds of Cuban refugees who remain in that country. Varela gave the Caritas Social Pastoral Ministry a one-month deadline to cease the care for Cubans at that time. However, the executive secretary of the shelter for Cubans stated that he would defend the Cubans who are under his care. The Panamanian president said that the Caritas shelter in Panama City "has been given 30 days to operate." He claims that the government cannot continue to "encourage such irregular migration by opening such shelters." Read More: Move Aside Castro, Cubans Want Capitalism Read More: Senator Rubio Says "Trump Will Treat Cuba Like the Dictatorship It Is" Varela said that the island's migrants "have to define their future" because "they do not have a way of applying for [migratory] status in Panama." "My recommendation has been for them to return to the country where they came from or to be deported to Cuba," he said. On its behalf, the Caritas Social Pastoral Ministry of Panama assured that it will continue to serve Cuban migrants in the capital based on humanitarian principles, despite Varela, has set a one month deadline. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Caritas's executive secretary, Victor Berrio, said that Varela's position is "totally opposite" to those he expressed in previous months, when he called for "humane treatment for migrants, to show solidarity", as he said in the Tuxtla Mesoamerican Summit in Costa Rica. The priest also said that "as in other countries," the law allows people to be accommodated on the basis of international agreements for humanitarian reasons, and they could even be given asylum. He assured that he will defend the Cubans "who for me are the poorest of the poor because they have no rights of any kind, they are humiliated and mistreated." Cuban refugees often seek to reach mainland South or Central American, with the intention of following a northward route towards the United States, where they formerly benefited from favorable migration status. Barack Obama ended American "wet foot, dry foot policy" at the end of his presidential term; a move which was heavily criticized by the US's large Cuban community. Source: Cubanet

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