National Electoral Council confirms participation of international observers in mock elections
The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Pedro Calzadilla, reported that the mock election to be held next Sunday will include the participation of international observers, while at the same time, the deployment and reception of materials and equipment in the 446 authorised voting centres is at 90 percent.
Calzadilla detailed that the international bodies and organisations that will participate in the simulation are the Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America (CEELA), and the exploratory mission of the Carter Center, who in previous contact with the highest authorities of the CNE evaluated the possibility of deploying a mission in the real process on November 21st.
The simulation will involve the operation of 1,336 polling stations belonging to 446 voting centres in 333 municipalities in the country’s 24 states, as well as 3,232 officials contributing to the process; a prelude that will facilitate the testing of the different phases of the automated voting system, as well as the duration of the journey through the electoral horseshoe and the transmission of data, two other important stages of the electoral process.
President Maduro highlights increase in production amid blockade
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro highlighted the increase in national production for self-sustainability despite the illegal economic, financial and trade sanctions imposed by the United States (US) against Venezuela.
Referring to the Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP), President Maduro said that the number of families served had risen from 6 million to 7 million, “60 percent of the CLAPs were imported, now 100 percent are nationally produced”, he said.
“When we imported the food for the CLAPs, which came from Europe and Asia, they began to sanction all the companies that sold us the items”, recalled the Venezuelan head of state.
President Maduro urged the population to continue building a more productive Venezuela to combat the illegal sanctions, “from the Executive, the ministers are looking for ways of entrepreneurship, growth and development of national production”, he added.
Venezuela and Russia evaluate mutual cooperation mechanisms
The Russian ambassador to Venezuela, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, and the vice-president of the Economic Area and Minister of Petroleum of the South American country, Tareck El Aissami, held a meeting on Wednesday to evaluate the economic cooperation agenda between the two nations.
The Russian diplomat said on his official Twitter account that “we reviewed our productive agenda and evaluated economic drivers of bilateral cooperation with Tareck El Aissami”. For its part, the Venezuelan government highlighted the signing of 260 agreements in 20 strategic areas, largely thanks to the solid ties between Caracas and Moscow.
Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez denounces IMF’s refusal to provide financial assistance
Venezuela spoke out on Wednesday at the 15th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in favour of moving towards multilateralism and genuine international cooperation, in the face of the remnants of hegemonism that truncate development with equity, and also urged to correct the unjust global financial system.
Venezuelan Executive Vice-president; Delcy Rodríguez also denounced the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) refusal to provide financial assistance of 5 billion dollars “that corresponds” to the nation to face the covid-19 emergency, requested last year.
“Venezuela also reiterates its denunciation that the IMF refuses to give our people the 5 billion dollars that correspond to our country to fight the pandemic. The reason is the express veto of the United States against our country”, she said.
Rodríguez said the country has been subjected to more than 430 unilateral coercive measures, which have blocked foreign and private trade, “against every legal principle of sovereign immunity… Venezuela has suffered losses that exceed, in the oil sector alone, more than 63 billion dollars” she added.
Venezuela began trade at the border with Colombia on October 5th
Under strict biosecurity measures, Venezuela began trade on the border with Colombia on Tuesday October 5th, which has been closed since 2019, to avoid aggression from Colombian territory. The Simón Bolívar international bridge dawned clear, without obstacles, as evidenced on Monday with the removal of containers.
The opening of the border crossing in the Venezuelan state of Táchira is the first step towards resuming trade activities with Colombia, with the intention of boosting the important exchange of products and goods between the two nations.
Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez reported that “President Nicolás Maduro, always thinks of our people, thinking of the brotherhood and cooperation between the people of Colombia and the people of Venezuela, has taken the decision to open the binational commercial crossing”.
900,000 doses of Cuban Abdala vaccine arrive in Venezuela
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, gave an update on the prevention and containment of Covid-19 in the country and expressed his gratitude for the arrival of 900,000 doses of Abdala vaccines sent from Cuba. At a press conference led by the Venezuelan authority, it was announced that Abdala is added to the vaccination schedule of the South American country, which until now included the application of the Russian and Chinese vaccines, SputnikV and Sinopharm, respectively.
The president stressed that the Cuban vaccine Abdala shows 100 percent efficacy in preventing severe disease and death from Covid-19, according to studies and experts in the field.
200 Venezuelans return after acts of xenophobia in Chile
With the return on Tuesday of 200 Venezuelans from Chile, 26,733 Venezuelans have now returned to the South American country under the programme Vuelta a la Patria, promoted by the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
The repatriation of this group comes days after Venezuelan migrants suffered acts of xenophobia in the Chilean city of Iquique, located in the far north of the South American country. Foreign Minister Félix Plasencia posted on his Twitter account: “Today 200 Venezuelans are returning from Chile to Venezuelan territory, thanks to the Return to the Homeland Programme. Venezuela welcomes its sons and daughters with open arms. iMission accomplished President Nicolás Maduro. iWe will be victorious!”.
Ambassador William Izarra is awarded the Order of the Liberators
The Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Félix Plasencia, presented the first class of the Order of the Liberators of Venezuela, awarded to the teacher and diplomat William Izarra, who died on October 1st. The distinction was received by the diplomat’s wife, Yurani Godoy de Izarra, after paying the corresponding tribute at the funeral chapel.
From the Casa Amarilla Antonio José de Sucre in Caracas, the posthumous tribute was held for two days, in the company of authorities of the Bolivarian Government. The ashes of the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were removed by his relatives at the end of the ceremony.
William Izarra had a long political career, serving as deputy minister for Asia, the Middle East and Oceania in 2005; he was the first national director of the Movimiento V República (MVR) and a member of the Frente Patriótico Revolucionario (Revolutionary Patriotic Front).