A change of direction in the Venezuelan opposition’s strategy. After accumulating years of frustration in their attempts to remove Nicolás Maduro from power, the four main opposition parties, including that of Juan Guaidó, have decided to renounce the boycott and run in the regional and municipal elections next November under the acronym of the Mesa de Unidad Democrática (Democratic Unity Roundtable).

– “We know that these elections will not be fair or conventional elections. The dictatorship has imposed serious obstacles that put at risk the expression of change by the Venezuelan people, however we understand that it will be a useful area of struggle to strengthen the citizenry and promote the real solution to the serious crisis in our country, free presidential and legislative elections”, said Marianela Anzola, National Secretary of Fuerza Femenina.

Vetoed by the courts three years ago, the Mesa de Unidad Democrática was recently reinstated by the National Electoral Council. After consulting the grassroots and putting an end to three years of electoral boycott, its members say they respect and ask for respect from those who do not share their decision:

An attitude that has been applauded by the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, who has not hesitated to make firewood of the fallen tree:

“I’m going to sit in my armchair with the TV on, with my popcorn, to see Juan Guaidó voting on 21 November. And I will applaud. Because we did it: to include him in democracy again, to include him in the Constitution”, he said in front of the cameras.

A joke, that of the popcorn, that has not gone down well with opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has reminded him on Twitter that the negotiations between the government and the opposition taking place in Mexico are in pursuit of electoral and political guarantees that do not exist today. The talks, whose ultimate goal is to resolve the deep political, social and economic crisis in the country, began in mid-August and will resume next Friday.

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