|Venezuela’s Maduro Vows “Revolution” Will Continue|
CARACAS – The Venezuelan opposition needs to understand that “the revolution is going to continue,” President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday, while urging his political foes to remain part of the dialogue the two sides began earlier this week.
The revolution begun in 1999 by his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, “is irreversible,” Maduro said in a speech at the presidential palace.
He said that his opponents “must learn to co-exist with the revolution” and to accept the principle of democratic governance.
The leftist head of state went on to accuse the MUD opposition alliance of looking for “excuses” to abandon the dialogue that got under way last Sunday under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations and the Vatican.
Addressing opposition leaders, Maduro said: “I am the only president of the republic who ensures that you continue existing and the MUD continues exercising its political rights – and you know it.”
Earlier Thursday, the MUD set several conditions for resuming talks with the government on Nov. 11, including a demand that both sides commit to an “electoral solution” to the nation’s political crisis.
That electoral solution could involve a reactivation of a suspended presidential recall referendum process or early presidential elections, opposition Mayor Carlos Ocariz said.
Maduro responded to Ocariz by accusing the MUD of presenting an ultimatum and creating “false expectations.”
“Nobody can say that in 10 days, if the government doesn’t respond the way they want ... they will go to war,” the president said. “Nobody can accept that.”
The purpose of the Nov. 11 session will be to review the findings from the four working groups established during Sunday’s opening of the talks, Maduro said hours after government supporters began pitching tents around the presidential palace, Miraflores.
Prior to the start of the dialogue, the MUD had called for a march on Miraflores to take place Thursday.