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Venezuelan Bishops Denounce Attempt to Rewrite Constitution, Meet with Maduro

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 19, 2017, 4:55 pm
The Catholic Church in Venezuela has taken aim at Maduro's plan to rewrite the Constitution (
The Catholic Church in Venezuela has taken aim at Maduro’s plan to rewrite the Constitution (Flickr).

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After a meeting between the Nicolas Maduro regime and the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV), the representation of the Catholic Church rejected the proposal of a constitutional assembly to rewrite the nation’s Constitution.

Monsignor Diego Padrón, CEV’s top representative, held a meeting with Elías Jaua, who heads the Presidential Commission of the “Communal Constituent Assembly.” In that meeting, Padrón assured that Venezuela does not need a new Constitution, but “food and medicine.”

“It does not take a Constituent Assembly to reform the Constitution. The Constituent Assembly is not what the people need, what the people demand is food, medicine, and security,” he asserted.

Padrón also said that the Venezuelan Constitution does not need reform, what is needed is compliance with the document. He added that the South American country is also in urgent need of holding elections.

The Catholic Church representative also pointed out that the peaceful protests that are taking place in Venezuela should not be “seen as a criminal act.” He repudiated the deaths and wounded victims left in the wake of the repression of the regime of Nicolas Maduro.

He also called for Venezuelans to stay on the streets to work towards achieving “radical changes.”

“Protests and marches are democratic exercises that must be respected and guaranteed by the government […] so that radical changes can take place, we must maintain a permanent resistance; we can not weaken in our resolve.”

Padrón also called upon the Venezuelan regime to allow the humanitarian assistance of Caritas as well as to allow them to visit political prisoners.

“I would like to talk to the government about the possibility of bringing Caritas to Venezuela in order to bring our people medicine and food…We ask that we be authorized to visit political prisoners because they need human comfort,” he said.

Sources: 2001, Caraota Digital

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

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

Japan’s PM Praises Opening of Argentinean Economy under President Macri

By: Marcelo Duclos - May 19, 2017, 3:38 pm
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was delighted following his meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, who aims to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. For the Japanese premier, "Argentina plays the role of economic engine on the South American continent" and stressed that its intention is to increase their nations' ties in the wake of what he described as an "economic opening" spearheaded by Macri. Read More: Current Argentinian President Macri Acknowledges Presidential Aspirations in 2019 Read More: Can Macri Mend Argentina's Economy before October's Elections? "With the opening of the Argentine economy, I am convinced that Japanese investments are going to grow every day," Abe promised. The leader of Japan stressed the need to "collaborate" with Argentina to "fight against protectionism" and seek "concrete achievements with the strategic partnerships of both countries." It should be noted that in his visits abroad, the Argentine president often projects a different attitude in relation to free markets and free trade. While in his local appearances he seems more supportive of the status quo in the famously regulated and tightly controlled Argentine economy, in his foreign media appearances he seems much more favorable to an opening of Argentina to the world. During the last leg of his Asian tour, Macri met with different Japanese CEOs and highlighted the advantages of investing in Argentina. "It is difficult for you to find a country in the world that has more potential for growth than Argentina," said Macri. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Macri took the reigns of Argentina following a decade in power by populist left-winger Cristina Kirchner, who pursued economic policies questioned by many economists, and cultivated close relationships with key "pink tide" regimes, including Venezuela, Bolivia, and Brazil. While the South American left was once a force to be reckoned with, it has seen its influence diminish, with voters across the region rejecting its brand of left-wing populism at the ballot box, and ousting leftist regimes in Brazil, Argentina, and Peru, as well as handing the Venezuelan opposition a large majority in the National Assembly. Source: La Nacion

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