- MAIRA FERREIRA
02 de mayo de 2017 06:52 AM
Actualizado el 03 de mayo de 2017 10:23 AM
“I convene the original constituent power for the sovereign people to impose peace. Does the opposition want elections? Constituent power. Does it want peace? Constituent power. Does it want dialogue? Constituent power,” such were the remarks of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Labor Day.
In an obligatory nationwide broadcast, the Head of State promised to sign the decree within few hours and to take on all the consequences of his decision, based, according to him, on Article 347 of the National Constitution.
Maduro explained that “for a long while” he had “pondered on” the measure, because “for a long while” he tried to have a dialogue with the opposition. However, he reasoned, “after several failed attempts,” the members of the Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) refused to continue with the talks.
Earlier, on Sunday, April 30, the president of the National Assembly (AN), Julio Borges, had warned that Maduro prepared “a potential constituent assembly,” intended, in his view, “just to materialize the coup in Venezuela.”