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Venezuela president pardons opposition politicians
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Venezuela president pardons opposition politicians

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro granted pardons Monday to 110 citizens and members of the national opposition ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 6.

Sectorial Vice President of Communication, Tourism and Culture Jorge Rodriguez announced the pardons during a presidential press conference, noting that Maduro is seeking “dialogue with the people of Venezuela.” This pardon comes after opposition leader Juan Guaidó and members of the national opposition stated that they would boycott the December elections due to unfair conditions.

The pardoning of these citizens and members of the opposition results in the dismissal of the criminal charges that had been brought against them for conspiracy, stemming from a 2019 rebellion that pushed for the military to cease its support of Maduro.

This move appears to be an attempt by Maduro’s government to encourage participation in the upcoming elections, following years of struggle between Maduro’s government and Guaidó’s opposition party, which claims that Maduro is not the legitimate president of Venezuela.