These are the new questions of the popular consultation approved by the National Assembly of Venezuela for the departure of Maduro

The president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, at a citizens’ assembly in Caracas

The team of Juan Guaidó modified this Thursday the questions of the Popular Consultation that will be held between December 5 and 12 and he expanded them to three, instead of the initial two.

The interim president met with the democratic forces of the opposition during the month of September, to propose a series of guidelines with which through his administration they seek join forces in order to end the usurpation of Nicolás Maduro in power and achieve a political change for the South American nation.

Among the proposals made by the interim government stood out that of the conducting a popular consultation with Venezuelan citizens who are both inside and outside the national territory on the mechanisms to be used to finalize the departure of the Nicolás Maduro regime.

This consultation is based on three specific questions with which the interim seek to receive the support of the Venezuelan sovereignty in order to act on the basis of popular support and achieve the departure of Maduro.

The first of the questions, which was approved by the opposition majority in Parliament, consults the Venezuelans if they demand “the cessation of the usurpation of the Presidency by Nicolás Maduro and calls for free, fair and verifiable presidential and parliamentary elections.”

The second of the questions reads: “Do you reject the December 6 event organized by the Nicolás Maduro regime and ask the international community to ignore it?”

The majority of the opposition will not attend these elections as they consider them a fraud, because The members of the National Electoral Council (CNE), who were to call the elections, were appointed by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of the dictatorship and not by the Venezuelan Parliament as it corresponds constitutionally.

Guaidó greets his followers in the company of his wife, Fabiola Rosales

Guaidó greets his followers in the company of his wife, Fabiola Rosales

Finally, the third asks citizens if they “order the necessary steps to be taken before the international community to activate cooperation, support and assistance that allow us to rescue our democracy, address the humanitarian crisis and protect the people from crimes against humanity.”

Before the three questions, citizens will be able to answer “yes” or “no”.

Those questions were approved by the National Assembly chaired by Guaidó.

Meanwhile, Luis Almagro participated this Thursday in a virtual conference organized by the think tank North American Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in which he addressed different questions about the Venezuelan crisis. During his almost seven-minute speech, he reiterated his rejection of the parliamentary elections called by the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, expressed his impression regarding the popular consultation raised by the interim government of Juan Guaidó, and warned of the consequences of “a normalization” of relations with the Chavista regime.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) began his participation in the forum by greeting James Story, who was named as the first U.S. ambassador to Venezuela in a decade. In addition, he highlighted Guaidó “for his efforts, his tireless fight for democracy in Venezuela at the great risk of his life, of his freedom.”

Regarding the parliamentary elections called by Chavismo for December 6, which are considered fraudulent by the opposition and a large part of the international community, Almagro stated: “We cannot have the slightest doubt that we must reject the December 6 elections from the beginning, because obviously they will be rigged with all the electoral processes from 2015 to now, when the dictatorship loses the National Assembly.”

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