The Maduro Government pardons imprisoned and exiled opposition deputies

He Government of Venezuela pardoned this Monday, by presidential decree, to opposition deputies imprisoned or exiled, as well as others whose immunity had been violated, and journalists and social actors arrested or accused of various crimes, explained the Minister of Communications, Jorge Rodríguez at a press conference.

Between the 110 pardoned, are the legislators Freddy Guevara, Freddy Superlano, Miguel Pizarro and Roberto Marrero, and the journalist Nicmer Evans, who is imprisoned in the facilities of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM).

The pardons have been granted by decree signed by President Nicolás Maduro, with the “supreme commitment” of achieve “peace and reconciliation”, and that will enter into force on the date of publication in the Official Gazette of Venezuela.

The president made the decision just three days after the opposition deputy Juan Requesens was granted house arrest, after 752 days for his alleged participation in the failed attack against President Nicolás Maduro on August 4, 2018.

Agreement with the opposition

According to Rodríguez, pardons are granted within the framework of the agreements between the Government and the opposition, prior to the elections to the National Assembly (AN, Parliament) that will celebrate next December 6.

Out of the long list of pardons, Some of the most representative figures of the Venezuelan opposition have remained, such as Leopoldo López, hosted at the Embassy of Spain in Caracas, or Henrique Capriles, leader of the Primero Justicia party and a two-time presidential candidate who is disqualified.

However, the first vice president of the National Assembly led by Juan Guaidó, Juan Pablo Guanipa, or Henry Ramos Allup, leader of the social democratic Acción Democrática (AD) party, and one of the most notable voices of the opposition.

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