"The opposition has to accept bluntly the challenge of confronting Chávez. It is evident that we must talk about the country's problems. But it is hypocritical and artificial to debate the consequences without talking about the causes.
"We understand that the opposition is diverse, but consensus can be reached even among people with opposing views. How many times have we heard that the opposition has no leader? There are some people that think that we have to build our own Chávez. We have no Messiah because we have many independent people, political parties and civil society organizations, and the candidate we must choose must have a broad and pluralistic vision. We must have a very specific and realistic platform based on decentralization and independence of powers.
A group of some 60 Venezuelan economists from across the country and from different generations and backgrounds, has met regularly in the past couple of years and now has brought forth a document explaining the reasons of the current emergency and outlining specific proposals on how to address the serious economic crisis the country has plunged into over the last three years.