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“We must take advantage of the space that dictatorship provides,” says an opponent who is part of the electoral body of Venezuela – 05/18/2021 – World



“We must take advantage of the space that dictatorship provides,” says an opponent who is part of the electoral body of Venezuela - 05/18/2021 - World

In 2017, Roberto Picon spent six months in jail in Helicoide, the most dangerous political prison in Caracas, awaiting trial on charges of “betrayal of the motherland.” He also served as an advisor to the former opposition coalition MUD (Bureau of Democratic Unity) from 2008 to 2018.

Today, three years after his arrest, Picon is a member of Venezuela’s new National Electoral Council, the body responsible for organizing elections in the country and which has gained notoriety in recent years for being under the control of the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro.

The move from a former political prisoner to a CNE member comes after the regime has signaled in recent weeks that it would like to start a dialogue with the opposition in search of a pact that could ease international sanctions against Venezuela.

Among other measures, the government released a group of leaders who were being held as political prisoners for house arrest and decided that the new electoral body, approved by the Chavism-controlled National Assembly, would include two opposition figures, one of them Picón.

These gestures were initially viewed with suspicion by the opposition, but later leaders such as Juan Guaido and Leopoldo López showed signs that they could adopt this approach as a way to deal with the economic and social crisis that gripped the country.

In this scenario, Picon argues that the opposition must take advantage of the loophole to occupy the spaces offered by the regime. In an interview with sheet from Caracas, he says his priority at work will be to fight to ensure that opposition politicians, currently banned from running in elections, can participate in the next elections.

The new CNE was chosen by the National Assembly, elected by an irregular vote. Why did you agree to create a body that is illegal at first? This is a question similar to the expression that comes first, the egg or the chicken. Yes, the assembly that appointed us is not recognized by a significant part of society and international public opinion. But I think as with this expression, there is no point in circumventing the answer. The truth is that today we have the CNE, which enables two members of civil society, from the opposition, to work alongside Chavism.

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This has given rise to a political fact that can stop the inertia of the situation in which we find ourselves. The selection of new CNE members has helped some opposition leaders, such as Leopoldo Lopez or Juan Guaido, to now admit that they spoke to Maduro, and vice versa. What’s stuck so far. So I see this as a benefit for Venezuela.

What can you expect from the new CNE in the next elections for governors, mayors and legislative councils on November 21? We need Venezuelans to have faith in the CNE again, both by voters and politicians. For this, we started working in several directions.

The first is to take an inventory of all disabilities of politicians who oppose the government. List who they are and who waived their application rights. In particular, about politicians and about political parties. In some cases it was the prosecutor’s office, in others – justice, in the third – Control. With this in mind, we will make a political effort to reverse these disabilities.

The second is the refinement of the system, which will continue to be automated, with electronic voting, using the manual only in cases of failure in the first case. Overall, the assessment so far is that we have a system that is technically working well.

A campaign will then begin to make the public understand that we are in a new moment of trying to re-establish the institutional character of the country, and therefore participation is important. And finally, involve qualified international observers to participate in this process so that we can restore the image of the Venezuelan electoral system in front of the whole world.

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You were part of the opposing MUD coalition, and you were even arrested for opposing the regime. What makes you think that you can now trust the decisions Maduro makes? The political conflict in Venezuela has evolved over the years into an increasingly intense existential conflict. I was the victim of this confrontation and spent six months in jail on Helicoide and then another six months at home. To date, there has not been a single hearing, not even a preliminary one, that is, one at which the prosecutor’s office should have brought charges. This is an unresolved issue, but now it does not concern me, because as the rector of CNE I have a privileged forum that can be removed only by the decision of the National Assembly.

I say that this is an existential conflict because it already presupposes that there are persecuted and disabled people, and, therefore, there is no way to change anything. For this reason, I believe that we should use all the opportunities that power gives us to look for an opportunity to compete and rebuild the country’s institutions.

But why believe that such a possibility exists now and did not exist before? Because the situation is changing. Venezuela’s economic and political isolation has weakened the regime’s strength. There is no income, export or import, and we pay a high price for the economic sanctions imposed by the countries of the international community. If this trend continues, the country’s governance will be increasingly in crisis. For this reason, the government made such decisions to urge civil society to participate in the CNE. This gives us a chance, and we must take advantage of it.

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In this context of gestures aimed at improving Venezuela’s image abroad, how do you assess, for example, the confiscation of the building of El Nacional, the country’s last major independent newspaper? Of course, this is a bad sign. But this shows that the regime has internal divisions. There are those who want to improve the image of the regime, and there are those who believe that such arbitrariness can continue.

Even so, the judiciary is theoretically autonomous, and this was not a decision of the executive. Unfortunately, this happened, but we cannot interpret this as a direct order from Maduro. I think there is division in the regime, and there are currents that are more inclined to negotiate than others, and they argue within the country. What happened in the case of Nacional was a demonstration by part of the government forces. Not all government.


Roberto Picon, 59 years old
An engineer, he was an advisor to the MUD (Bureau of Democratic Unity), an anti-Chavist alliance formed in parliament in 2008. He is one of five rectors of Venezuela’s new National Electoral Council.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



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BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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