The ruler, Nicolás Maduro, this Sunday urged his followers to maintain unity before the upcoming presidential elections to be held in Venezuela.
“With you, Capriles, Guaidó, and surnames, in the face of any invention, the people in the streets must respect peace. In this part, the team wins, and we win by hook or by crook. “Let no one sleep,” Maduro told a group marching on the Miraflores palace in Caracas.
Maduro also attacked opposition leaders and accused them of disrespecting the rights of Venezuelans. “Respect the right to peace, work, and life. Five conspiracies defeated each other. In any situation, calm and clarity are nerves of steel. Highest union and civil-military mobilization,” he said.
From Urdaneta Avenue, Chavismo’s number 1 asked his followers to be alert to any “oligarchic invention,” while calling for calm, clarity, and nerves of steel because “the team wins.”
The president also sent a message to the disaffected Chavistas, in which he asked for their support and recalled the moments of extreme food shortages and the difficulties that millions of Venezuelans go through to get food. He reiterated to them that the country is developing and will continue to develop.
“We must continue the comprehensive recovery of Venezuela, the peace, and work and continue walking on our own new non-dependent path that produces wealth to recover the state of social welfare, step by step,” he added.
Also speaking at the event was the president of the National Assembly—Chavista only—Jorge Rodríguez, who reiterated that starting at noon on Monday, January 5, the legislative body will begin a national consultation process to establish an election schedule, an activity corresponding to the constitution of the National Electoral Council (CNE).
“Tomorrow at noon, the political parties and voters will be in the federal legislative palace to begin a national consultation process so that a proposed election calendar will emerge from the consultation and be presented We will do it at the CNE and call the elections.
The statements of Maduro and Rodríguez come just hours after the Democratic Unitary Platform criticized, in a statement, that Chavismo is advancing a process to prevent the holding of free elections.