Venezuela Threatens Early Elections To Pressure Opposition
Threatening to bring forward parliamentary elections is the latest card played by Venezuela's regime to put pressure on the US-backed opposition at the negotiating table, analysts say
Caracas, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Aug, 2019 ) :Threatening to bring forward parliamentary elections is the latest card played by Venezuela's regime to put pressure on the US-backed opposition at the negotiating table, analysts say.
But Diosdado Cabello, the most powerful regime figure after President Nicolas Maduro, set up a committee earlier this week to study the possibility of calling parliamentary elections at the start of next year.
"It gives you something extra to protect you in negotiations," said Felix Seijas, director of pollsters Delphos.
In January, the National Assembly branded Maduro a "usurper" before Guaido declared himself acting president, garnering support from more than 50 nations but plunging the oil-rich and cash-strapped country into a political crisis.
The US has been pressuring Maduro through sanctions into acquiescing to opposition demands to step down and hold new presidential elections, something he has steadfastly refused to countenance.
"Maduro left the talks because he hoped to use the opposition to get sanctions relief. But not only did he not get that, (the US) ramped up the sanctions," political scientist Luis Salamanca told AFP.