President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro signed on Monday, August 31, a decree granting a presidential pardon to 110 right-wing politicians, including 23 main and 4 alternate legislators, in the spirit of national reconciliation.
The announcement was made by Vice-president of Communication, Tourism and Culture Jorge Rodriguez in a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, where he highlighted that the pardon includes Freddy Guevara, Mariela Magallanes, Freddy Superlano, Américo de Grazia, Carlos Lozano, Jorge Millán, José Brito, Richard Blanco, Tomás Guanipa, Luis Stefanelli, Carlos Paparoni, Juan Andrés Mejía, Miguel Pizarro and Rafael Guzmán.
The pardon also favors Franco Casella, Juan Pablo García, Winston Flores, José Calzadilla, Henry Ramos Allup, Edgar Zambrano, Luis Florido, Juan Pablo Guanipa, Gilber Caro, Rosalio León, Renzo Prieto, Antonio Geara, Ángel Betancourt, Alberto Bogarin, Alejandro Lizardi, Leonard García, Eduardo Betancourt, Luis Daniel Contreras, Yeimi Sequera, Jonathan Lucena, William Cabaña, Antonio Pérez, Williams Aguado, Hugo Bastidas, José Luis Santamaría and Luis Felipe Leal, among other opposition politicians that have been involved in destabilizing actions against the country.
Rodriguez explained that the Bolivarian Government’s aim with this presidential pardon is to deepen the process of national union and reconciliation, and stressed President Maduro has issued more than 600 calls for dialogue and peaceful coexistence.
“Something the history of Venezuela will show (…) is that President Nicolás Maduro is a true champion in the pursuit of dialogue and agreements with all the sectors of the country’s political, social and economic life,” he stressed.
Rodriguez said that the President’s decision also seeks “that Venezuela’s domestic affairs are solved by Venezuelans (…) That a true nationalist sentiment prevails in the parliamentary election on December 6, and that the Venezuelan people decide,” he said in reference to the election where the members of the National Assembly will be elected.
The Communications vice-president claimed President Maduro has always stood for constitutional, democratic, peaceful and electoral ways as the only “vehicle to settle disputes among political sectors” in Venezuela, and he explained that the next legislative election represent the first great opportunity of dialogue as the Venezuelan people will elect their representatives to the parliament.
“The second great opportunity of dialogue is the inauguration of the National Assembly on January 5, 2021, because the parliament is the place par excellence for political factors to exchange their points of views with the participation of the people,” he said.
In this regard, Rodríguez urged the Venezuelan opposition “to abandon violence and their calls for invasion and attacks against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and to seize the opportunity of new elections to settle all disputes.”
The presidential pardon is established in Article 236 of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.