Venezuela’s President Maduro pardons dozens of opposition deputies

Venezuelan Communications Minister Rodriguez explained the interests of national reconciliation by the decision of Caracas to pardon dozens of opposition members before the parliamentary elections. The opposition has previously refused to participate in the elections.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has pardoned more than 100 opposition MPs. The Minister of communications and information, Jorge Rodriguez, announced their names at a press conference. He explained the decision of official Caracas “in the interests of national reconciliation.” Among those pardoned is an associate of opposition leader Juan Guaido, Roberto Marrero, who was taken into custody in March 2019 on suspicion of terrorism.

Parliamentary elections are expected in the Bolivarian Republic on December 6. Guide and main opposition forces are calling for a boycott of the vote counted election fraud.

In Venezuela, a power struggle has been going on for more than a year and a half between the left-nationalist government led by Maduro and the center-right opposition led by the President of the Parliament, Juan Guaido. In January 2019, Guaido declared himself acting President, which was recognized by more than 50 States. However, Nicolas Maduro, who has the army on his side, still holds power in the country.