United States Urges Maduro to Address Venezuelan People’s Demands

By: Ysol Delgado - Sep 23, 2016, 4:09 pm
There is a set of actions that reinforce the US' worries, said John Kirby (El Político)
US State Department expressed its concern for the situation in Venezuela (El Político)

EspañolThere will no recall referendum for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro this year, at least not according to the National Electoral Council (CNE), who made the announcement on Thursday.

In response, the United States has made a call on Venezuela to “listen to all voices” of the people through “serious dialogue.”

US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said through a statement that they are concerned about the decision to postpone the recall until 2017, which would see the Vice President to Maduro automatically take over, instead of initiating new elections.

The statement also addressed the “media restrictions and other actions that are used to weaken the authority of the National Assembly,” and how the government “deprives Venezuelan citizens the opportunity to shape the course of their country.”

Kirby also mentioned that the CNE delayed at the time of announcement of the dates of the next phase of the process.

“Decisions to establish a limited number of locations to collect signatures from 26 to 28 October,” he highlighted. “Also … the imposition of an irregular requirement of going state by state for those signatures,” he said.

He also addressed the executive branch, inviting Maduro and his adminstration to engage in dialogue with the opposition.

“It’s time to listen to all voices and to have Venezuela work together to find solutions.”

The website El Colombiano said that a group of Democrat senators described the delay of the recall as “shameless” and added that it will end destroy what little  democracy remains in the country.

Senators Robert Menendez, Bill Nelson, Dick Durbin and Ben Cardin said it is “another detestable example of how the country’s institutions favor their entrenched leaders. They beleague the people and the constitution of Venezuela.”

Source: El Colombiano

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Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

Whatever Happens to Panama’s Economy, Its Canal Will Be Busier than Ever

By: Ysol Delgado - Sep 23, 2016, 12:57 pm
Panama's economy expanded 4.9 percent of the GDP during the first semester of this year (Ok diario)

EspañolDespite Panama's growing economy, the Panama Canal will continue functioning at the same rate, which represents six percent of all world trade. A new, extended route could help strengthen the country's economy in the future, according to President of The College of Economists Olmedo Estrada. He did an interview with international agency EFE this week, in which he said the canal could result in growth by as much as 5.2 percent for the remainder of the year. The Comptroller General released figures that show Panama's economy expanded by 4.9 percent during the first six months of the year. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Estrada said he will talk to other countries in the region as well as the US and Europe about the "geopolitical importance" of the Panama Canal. A "Round Table" meeting will be held during which the effects of the Panama Canal will be analyzed in a global context. The event is organized by the National Association of Economists of Panama, the Institute of Research for Development, Growth and Economics and the International Association of Economists. The National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) of Panama reported that for the first half of the year, Panama Canal revenue was down 8.7 percent. Services in the waterway traffic fell 13.1 percent. Though the overall burden had increased 24.6 percent during the study period, INEC claimed that Panama's port system decreased 9.2 percent in container movement. Source: Telemetro

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