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Friday, March 31, 2023

Venezuela’s new opposition leader is confident the US will protect assets

The new speaker of Venezuela’s opposition legislature is confident the United States will support the body while continuing to protect foreign assets such as the Citgo Petroleum oil refinery from creditors.

Dinora Figuera, a 61-year-old doctor from the Justice First party, was elected earlier this month to lead the opposition National Assembly as it prepares to choose a presidential candidate and pushes to resume talks with the government. I was giving.

Figuera living in exile in Spain told reuters Said in an interview on Friday that the new trio of female assembly leaders will be able to counter President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States and other countries consider a dictator, and protect assets like Citgo pdvsac.ul and about $2 billion Will protect the gold. Bank of England from creditors.

Maduro has accused the opposition of working with the United States and other countries to stage a coup against him.

Earlier this month, the US Treasury Department extended protection for Citgo until April, and Figuera said it could be renewed.

“The United States supports the National Assembly, England supports the National Assembly … We have had talks and that (Citgo) license can be renewed for another month,” Figueira said.

Venezuela owes creditors more than $60 billion and faces lawsuits over nationalization and late bond payments.

Opposition MPs have appointed a committee to manage the assets abroad.

Venezuela has traditionally had a single legislature, but currently has two parallel bodies: one legislature affiliated with the government and the other with the opposition.

Unlike other opposition MPs, he does not receive a salary for his role.

He is in the process of transferring his medical credentials so he cannot practice as a doctor yet, and cares for an 87-year-old diabetic woman in Valencia, southern Spain.

“I have received threats sent by people who are close to Maduro,” he said, referring to Maduro’s allies.

Although she lost her sister and mother to COVID-19 after leaving Venezuela, she still hopes to return one day.

He said, ‘I am confident that we will move forward. “Dictatorships are not eternal.”

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