Despite repeated failures, Venezuelan political negotiations continue

Despite repeated failures, Venezuelan political negotiations continue

Talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition resume today in the Dominican Republic, with the goal to end the nation’s

A Venezuelan man plays the violin as security forces march past

Photo: Federico Parra/AFP

Talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition resume today in the Dominican Republic, with the goal to end the nation’s often violent political stand-off paramount.

Negotiations held last month failed to make headway on issues such as the release of political prisoners and the allowance of foreign aid, which may harm President Nicolas Maduro’s nationalist message. It is likely these roadblocks will likely be at the centre of today’s discussion.

Venezuela’s inflation climbed to 2,600% last year and, despite Maduro’s party clinching victory in recent mayoral elections, such economic strife leaves the regime in a poor position. Many are suspicious that the ongoing talks are a government tactic to stall real change by sowing disagreement within the opposition, thereby relieving political pressure.

Any conciliation made by the government would undermine much of their ideological strength—an unlikely development given Maduro faces re-election in December. Therefore, expect this new round of talks to achieve little.

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