Guaido Focused On Advancing Date For Venezuela Elections
Muhammad Irfan 26 days ago Fri 27th August 2021 | 08:40 AM
Caracas, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Aug, 2021 ) :Opposition leader Juan Guaido is focused on moving Venezuela's presidential elections earlier as the only solution to the political and economic crises gripping his country.
"For Venezuelans, the presidential election is what will resolve the conflict," said the politician, who burst onto the scene in January 2019 when he used his position as National Assembly speaker to declare himself acting president.
"An election schedule that transforms an election into a real solution is part of the process" of the Mexico talks, said Guaido, 38, who is recognized by around 60 countries as Venezuela's acting president.
"The origin of the conflict is the 2018 non-election, the conflict is an usurpation of the executive," he added.
Whether or not he is the opposition candidate "we will have a single candidate, a united process," Guaido said.
Guaido said he believes that a trustworthy election "with the minimum of credibility" would be won by a democratic candidate with 70 to 80 percent voter support.
Maduro might also be the subject of a recall referendum, which could be called next year at the halfway point of the presidential mandate.
The CNE also lifted a three-year ban on the Democratic Unity Table (MUD) -- an opposition alliance that triumphed in legislative elections in 2015, breaking the 15-year hegemony of Maduro's socialist bloc.
But Guaido says it is too soon to trust the CNE.
Guaido used to draw huge crowds to his rallies when he first burst onto the scene in 2019 -- but a failure to secure any tangible changes, coupled with the misery brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, has seen his popularity drop.
Tactics have shifted under President Joe Biden, though, and some experts consider that the "all options are on the table" approach of former president Donald Trump not only failed but were counter-productive.
Last week Maduro called for direct talks with Washington, but Guaido dismissed that as "a desperate call for any type of recognition.""If the regime or Maduro want any type of recognition or legitimacy, they need to win it through votes," he said.