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Venezuela’s Maduro: “The Imperialists” Will Wait 2025 If They Want a New Presidential Election

The Venezuelan head of state has hammered that the next presidential election in his country would be held in 2025, rejecting the idea of ​​an early election carried by the self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido.

In an interview with the Russian state agency RIA Novosti on January 30, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected the idea of ​​an early presidential election, demanded by the president of the National Assembly Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president of the country. “The presidential elections took place less than a year ago, 10 months ago,” he argued, adding, “We do not accept the ultimatums of anyone in the world, we do not accept blackmail. The presidential elections took place in Venezuela and if the imperialists want new elections, let them wait for 2025. “

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on January 28, 2019.

I’m ready to sit at the negotiating table with the opposition

On the other hand, he said he was in favor of early parliamentary elections. “It would be very good to hold parliamentary elections earlier, it would be a very good form of political discussion, a good solution by the popular vote,” said the Socialist president, while the opposition calls for demonstrations again against him this 30th of January.

According to Maduro, John Bolton “has banned Trump from entering into dialogue”

Nicolas Maduro also reiterated his readiness to negotiate with the opposition: “I am ready to sit down at the negotiating table with the opposition, to speak for the good of Venezuela, for peace and its future.”

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Asked about a possible international mediation, he assured that there were “several governments and organizations in the world that show a sincere concern”, adding that they wish “they support the dialogue”. Nicolas Maduro also said he was “ready to personally discuss with Donald Trump personally, in public, in the United States, in Venezuela, wherever he wants, whatever the program”. He also said he had “tried” for several years to establish “contact” with the US presidency. But Nicolas Maduro said it was “complicated now,” especially as National Security Adviser John Bolton  had “banned Trump from entering into dialogue.”

In the same interview, the Venezuelan head of state accused Donald Trump of “ordering” the murder of the “Colombian government” and the “Colombian mafia”. “If anything happens to me, Donald Trump and Colombian President Ivan Duque will be responsible,” said the native of Caracas. The president nevertheless said he was “always protected by the Venezuelan people” and praised the quality of the country’s intelligence services.

Venezuelan President expresses gratitude to his Russian counterpart

Finally, Nicolas Maduro expressed his “gratitude” to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who supports the Venezuelan government in the current crisis. He said that Venezuela continues to receive “every month” Russian armaments, “the most modern in the world”, under contracts in force.

The Venezuelan president assured that despite the economic situation of the country, Caracas would continue to pay its debts to China and Russia, its main creditors: “Venezuela pays, always in time.”

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