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Venezuela showdown this week plus New Yorkers leaving & other stories

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We will look at the situation in Venezuela and calls for Maduro to step aside & hold new elections……Governor Cuomo moves left and New Yorkers move out……The shutdown continues…..2020 and a ton of Democrats are running for President………..1789 and the first US presidential election……….and other stories………..

Source: Venezuela showdown this week plus New Yorkers leaving & other stories 01/07 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts


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January 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Monday’s video: A big week in Venezuela

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January 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm

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It’s time for Maduro to step aside

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Last May, they had an election in Venezuela and lots of people in and out of the country did not buy the results.    

This week, a group of Latin American countries are calling on Maduro to step aside, as we see in this report from The New York Times:   

Thirteen nations announced on Friday that they would not recognize the legitimacy of the new presidential term of Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, who is set to be inaugurated next week for a second time.

Diplomats from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and St. Lucia issued a joint statement after meeting in the Peruvian capital, denouncing last year’s election as flawed and urging Mr. Maduro to hand power to the opposition-controlled National Assembly until another election could be held.

“The electoral process carried out in Venezuela on May 20, 2018, lacks legitimacy due to the lack of participation of all Venezuelan political actors, without the presence of independent international observers, or the guarantees and standards necessary for a free, fair and transparent process,” the statement read.

The signatories, part of the so-called Lima Group — a multilateral working group of Latin American countries plus Canada that organized to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela — urged Mr. Maduro not to assume the office, saying that the only way to restore democracy was for him to step aside.

So what will Maduro do?  It depends who you ask. You get answers both ways.

My favorite answer came from a Venezuelan friend in Dallas. He is here and trying to get his wife out of the country.  Back home, he was a journalist and ran into trouble with the regime over news reporting.

His position is that Maduro is waiting for a deal, or some kind of guarantee that he won’t be jailed and protection for his team.

Who would be in a position to give him a sanctuary?  

Cuba is out because the regime is calling on citizens to tighten their belts again.     

Mexico is out because they don’t like to get involved.  

Brazil is out because new President Jair Bolsonaro would probably throw Maduro in jail with Lula.

Colombia is not going to do it.  Forget Argentina.

It leaves two options:  Canada or Spain. My guess is that Spain would be a better fit because of the natural historical relationship between the two countries.

No matter where he goes, my sense is that Maduro would like an option to get out.  The alternative is to stay as president and that’s not going to work.

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January 7, 2019 at 7:04 am