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Venezuela’s government, opposition reach initial agreements

By on November 12, 2016

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s government and opposition have announced some preliminary agreements to try to pull the country from its deep political and economic crisis, but a definitive solution has not yet been found and talks will continue.

Among the agreements is a pledge to hold new elections in Amazonas state to choose replacements for three National Assembly deputies who were dismissed by Venezuela’s supreme court for alleged vote buying.

The parties also agreed to respect the autonomy of Venezuela’s legislature and to work to overcome the impasse created by the high court’s decision to nullify its decisions.

Vatican-appointed mediator Monsignor Claudio Celli announced the agreements on Saturday after reading the conclusions from the second meeting of representatives of the opposition and the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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