Venezuelan opposition members to resume talks with government

Venezuela, opposition reported preparing to resume talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — Opposition members of Venezuela’s national congress said they will resume talks with the government Monday after talks were suspended over a dispute over who would be in the talks.

The announcement of the resumption was made by lawmaker Juan Carlos Olivera, a presidential candidate, the opposition’s main negotiator said. He said a government document on the talks was circulated to members of the legislative house on Friday by the ruling Socialist Party.

The opposition has been preparing to seek the resumption of dialogue with the government by taking control of state-run TV, the press and radio and other public spheres. It says it will then push the country into a new era of democracy.

The new government of President Nicolas Maduro has been in power since 2013. It took office amid a wave of protests but has been unable to stem opposition protests that have roiled Venezuela for the past year.

The opposition says it is a democracy movement and says it is demanding the removal of Maduro from office and the creation of a constituent assembly that would replace himself. The government says it is a coup.

The new government and opposition have been meeting each other for several days since February 27 in different locations. During the talks, the opposition has said it is willing to accept Maduro as its president and that the new government’s term has already begun, not that Maduro is president yet.

The government has been struggling to balance its desire to bring the opposition into the country with the need to maintain its grip on power.

The opposition has pushed for dialogue only in the absence of any meaningful steps. The government has refused.

Last week, the opposition and government reached an agreement in which the opposition promised to bring a constituent assembly to power as part of the negotiations. The opposition leaders said they want to participate in the negotiations to break a stalemate and that if the government refuses, they will not seek dialogue.

The opposition had agreed to keep secret the agreement and to make it clear that if the talks do not materialize, the opposition will boycott the

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