Gov't and dissent take the first step to release political prisoners
The head of the parliament bloc for opposition AD party, Deputy Edgar Zambrano, reported that in an initial meeting with Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, cordiality prevailed and documents were delivered on several cases of political prisoners and exiles
The head of the parliament bloc for opposition AD party, Deputy Edgar Zambrano, reported that during the meeting that lingered three hours and five minutes, documents were delivered on several cases of political prisoners and exiles.
The congressman, who had previously requested a meeting with President Hugo Chávez to tackle the issue, specified that cordiality and political will prevailed in the meeting, as well as responsiveness in line with President Chávez's invitation to national dialogue.
"The Head of State commissioned Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro to work on the issue of the release of political prisoners, return of exiles and respect for parliament immunity, which we regard as a critical contribution to the country peace; we, the members of the Unified Democratic Panel, understand and accept the president's call after the (presidential) election of October 7," Zambrano concluded.
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.