Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, during an interview with Radio Miraflores, has announced that 2017 will be the year of dialogue between government and opposition political forces. Maduro acknowledged that dialogue and cooperation are the only way to save Venezuela, battered by a serious economic crisis, also it announced that the CLAP, local committees of supply and production, in the coming days will deliver toys to the kids of the poorest zones of the Country.
Venezuelan President Maduro announced that it has signed a decree that will allow the authorities to imprison bank executives who refuse to issue cash to the population. Venezuela is facing a serious economic crisis and in addition now has the problem of the exchange rate of the Bolivar coinage, the national currency, which again according to Maduro will be resolved before January 2017. Also was announced the reopening of border with Colombia and a meeting between the leaders of the Venezuelan Central Bank and the Colombian Central Bank to draw up a joint plan against the depreciation of the Bolivar.
Venezuelan President Maduro has ordered the closure of the border with Colombia for 72 hours. The measure, according to Maduro, will help the Venezuelan economy . In fact, the Head of State said that in the Venezuelan border with Colombia there is an intense paper money contraband setting up by Colombian gangs that destabilizes the Bolivar exchange rates. At the same time, Maduro announced the withdrawal of the banknote 100 Bolivar, other measures to reduce contraband.
On Tuesday the National Assembly and the Venezuelan Parliament will resume the judgment against President Maduro. The opposition parties have a majority of seats in the National Assembly and wish to continue the “process” against the President, suspended in October for his willingness to negotiate. The changes promised by Maduro’s government have not occurred and for this the opposition has decided to restart the parliamentary process that could lead or to early elections or to the impeachment of Maduro.
The Venezuelan President, returning from a state visit in Cuba, said that he was satisfied of the trade agreement signed with Russian President Putin. Russia, an historic commercial ally of Venezuela, will continue to supply grain and weapons to the country, also Maduro received assurances from Moscow about the increase of the oil price in 2017. Maduro has also mobilized all of his supporters for the manifestation of the December 17 in Caracas, which he hopes to silence an opposition that is becoming more cumbersome.
High tension inside the Mercosur, Venezuela has convened a meeting of the member countries at which participated only Bolivia, that still has not part of the agreement. The Venezuelan ambassador for Mercosur has expressed his irritation about the inconvenience. The Bolivian diplomacy is trying to mediate between Venezuela and the other members of Mercosur and the Venezuelan Ambassador in Montevideo does not exclude the possibility of a meeting between President Maduro and President Vazquez.