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Roberto Marrero, Juan Guaidó’s chief of staff, arrived in the United States on Thursday after leaving Venezuela on Wednesday and making a stopover in Mexico. The purpose of the opposition leader’s right-hand man was to reunite with his family in Miami. Upon landing in the United States, the External Office of the Donald Trump Administration for Venezuela, which operates from Colombia, released some photographs of the arrival in which Marrero poses with his wife, Romy Moreno, and the person in charge of relations with Caracas , James Story. The politician had been pardoned by Nicolás Maduro just over a month ago after spending almost a year and a half in detention at the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin). A week ago he tried to fly to Spain, but the authorities prevented him. Finally, he managed to fly to Mexico accompanied by a diplomat from that country.

Marrero thanked through social networks the efforts of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, “for their position in favor of a democratic solution and their unconditional support to be able to travel.” Marrero was released thanks to a collective pardon with which Maduro tried to find a suitable terrain to negotiate with the opposition his participation in the parliamentary elections called for December 6. Around 100 anti-Chavista leaders then left prison or their refuge in an embassy, ​​as happened with Freddy Guevara. Guaidó’s chief of staff, who at the beginning of 2019 was a key figure in attempts to overthrow Hugo Chávez’s successor, had been arrested at the end of March last year at his home on charges of encouraging social protests of the year. past and of organizing terrorist actions. Since then he has been held in the Helicoide, the prison that is located on the Sebin’s premises.

Representatives of the Government of Mexico and Josep Borrell, the head of European Union diplomacy, participated in the efforts so that Marrero could leave Venezuela and travel to the United States, who in recent weeks intensified pressure for Caracas to agree to postpone legislative elections.

Maduro’s office of relations with the Executive stated that “recovering constitutional rights that were illegally taken from him should not be applauded.” “We call on Maduro to release the hundreds of political prisoners he arbitrarily detains,” he said. “Roberto Marrero and others like him should not feel that they have to leave Venezuela. They should participate fully and freely in the political process that is cruelly repressed by the Maduro regime ”. Despite the breakdown of relations with Washington and the constant tensions with Trump, Chavismo still maintains communication channels with the United States. One of the interlocutors, according to Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza this week in an interview with EL PAÍS, is precisely Story. However, the positions remain irreconcilable and Maduro is now preparing an “anti-blockade” law to alleviate the effects of economic sanctions.

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