"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.
According to inner surveys performed by the Venezuelan Association of Metallurgical and Mining Industries (AIMM), where 160 metallurgic companies were taken into consideration, 90% of the companies members of this association are "distressed because of their existence or survival in the short term," stated Manuel Eseverri, president of this association.