Release of political prisoners "is in the president's hands"
Opposition Deputy Edgar Zambrano plans to speak with exiles in Costa Rica and Panama
"This is in the president's (Hugo Chávez) hands," admonished on Thursday Deputy Edgar Zambrano, the head of the group of opposition Acción Democrática party at the National Assembly (AN). The officer was joined by the relatives of those who charge the Executive Office with chasing.
Zambrano met on Monday, November 12, with Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro and Solicitor General Cilia Flores to assess the cases. Based on the numbers handled by some NGOs, there are 14 political prisoners in the country and hundred exiles.
The parliamentarian was set to travel on Friday to Costa Rica. There, he will meet with a group of Venezuelan exiles. "The highest number of military exiles is there," he specified. The tour will proceed tomorrow (Saturday) to Panama, with the same mission. Once the task is completed, he will return to Venezuela on Sunday, November 18. "I will probably meet with the government delegates next week," he reported.
Zambrano visited already Peru. There, he spoke with leaders Carlos Ortega, Eduardo Lapi and Oscar Pérez. In the rendezvous with Maduro and Flores, he brought forward the case files of both exiles and detainees.
The lawmaker also has plans to head to the United States, Spain and Italy, "where there is a significant number of Venezuelans" who could be benefited from the Amnesty Law submitted to the AN on Tuesday, November 6.
Zambrano is doing his best in this endeavor. Will the green light been given? "The timing is good for the Executive Power to engage in decision making," he replied. "We hope to resolve all the cases." To that end, "We will hold all the necessary meetings," he wrapped up.
Congresspersons for the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) recently submitted to the AN Secretariat the Bill on Amnesty and Political Reconciliation. The draft comprises nine articles.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
The price of a package of precooked corn flour used to make corn cakes called arepas, a staple food in Venezuela, has been regulated at VEB 19, but production cost exceeds VEB 26. At present both state-run and private plants face the same difficulty of having to produce at a loss. But that's just one of the many obstacles facing those involved in putting the arepa on the Venezuelans plate.