And after Guaidó, what?

By Luis Manuel Aguana

Versión en español

I have addressed in the past the issue of the cultural short-termism of the Venezuelan (see some of them: The “fast track” of the Venezuelan in 2017, in http://ticsddhh.blogspot.com/2017/01/el-fast-track-del-venezolano.html, Operation Freedom in 2014, http://ticsddhh.blogspot.com/2014/03/el-operativo-libertad.html, and further back in 2011, See you in The Hague, in http://ticsddhh.blogspot.com/2011/11/nos-vemos-en-la-haya.html). We can’t stop being who we are, we want things for yesterday “because it’s late”. And that unusual pressure from the Venezuelan people because the politicians understood that Maduro’s problem had to be solved immediately brought us Juan Guaidó as a gift for the day of Venezuelan democracy, January 23.

Although that impatient trait of our culture brought us to Juan Guaidó, it may also explain why we are not out of the regime yet, believe it or not. And that way of being could spoil all that has been achieved so far with one blow, by the clumsiness committed by those who have fought like stray dogs to get their hands on power after the fall of the regime of Nicolas Maduro.

And why do I say after the regime has fallen? Because Maduro is still in Miraflores and those clumsinesses can leave him there – don’t be surprised – if things aren’t done right. It must be recognized that there are some that have been thought but I am inclined to think that it has been like when the donkey plays the flute, pure coincidence.

How is it possible that the official opposition did not pass through a dream team of the Venezuelan foreign service at the most critical moments of this transition, when the international part is the foundation of all possible change in our tragic situation, leaving with a dark roster and no experience in foreign affairs at a time when international knowledge and skills are most needed?

It would have been a luxury opportunity to tell Venezuelans that what’s coming is millions of times better than what’s out there. But it’s not. They opted for painful appointments, with honorable exceptions, to which no one knows who have put at least one tweet against the regime.

Why not use dozens of people of aquilatada diplomatic experience that exist irrigated by the whole world willing to give a service for Venezuela in this hour where so much is needed in each country? Is it that they pretend to handle politics as they did until people got tired and voted for a coup in 1998, where the foreign service was used to pay favors?

Indeed, there are Venezuelans with diplomatic experience, capable of serving the country only for the satisfaction of helping in this vital moment for Venezuela. A group of Venezuelans who have been fighting against the regime for years have published an Open Letter on their website offering the diplomatic experience of their President, at no cost to the Government of Juan Guaidó, to deal with the diplomatic headquarters of Venezuela in Puerto Rico (see AIRESVEN Group, Open Letter to the President in Charge of the Republic Juan Guaidó Márquez, at https://grupoairesven.wordpress.com/carta-abierta-al-presidente-encargado-de-la-republica-bolivariana-de-venezuela-juan-guaido-marquez/).

Read it, I am completely sure that in each country there are Venezuelans willing to serve Venezuela until the transitory situation of President Juan Guaidó is stabilized, and a new stage of re-institutionalization of the Venezuelan Foreign Service can be entered, to improve Consulates and Embassies around the world.

In this way the transitional government would have a pool of people that would not be offered to any other government in other conditions, with all the experience required to address the most complex problems, which will be precisely those that Guaidó will face in the transition. I suggest to the civil society of the Venezuelan diaspora in all countries that if possible in their countries do exactly the same as AIRESVEN has done, and that would be an excellent way to measure if the disposition of these new protagonists aims to solve the crisis or cover party bureaucracy (more of the same). That’s why civil society must be on top of what they do.

I have been a permanent defender of the comptroller role of civil society. In fact, if progress has been made by leaps and bounds in solving Maduro’s problem, it has been due to pressure from citizens. We cannot allow politicians to do anything other than the right thing in this difficult situation in Venezuela. Otherwise, we will not get out of the problem.

When I say 333, it’s me as I said in a last note, obviously I’m not talking about me. All of us are responsible for achieving the full force of the Constitution. Both the Statute Law that governs the Transition (see full Statute Bill document approved in https://tinyurl.com/y9nsa8jw), as the Amnesty and Constitutional Guarantees Bill for the military and civilians (see Bill approved in, http://www.asambleanacional.gob.ve/noticias/_ley-de-amnistia-y-garantias) are instruments of attack against the people who claim to defend and the validity of the Constitution, and so I have reasoned in the notes I have published on these issues (see For a true Amnesty, http://ticsddhh.blogspot.com/2019/02/por-una-verdadera-amnistia.html, The trap of the law that governs the transition, http://ticsddhh.blogspot.com/2019/01/la-trampa-de-la-ley-del-estatuto-que.html; and that if approved in the manner in which they are drafted, the departure of the usurper from Miraflores is likely to be delayed, to the benefit of many hairy opposition hands interested in the continuity of the regime.

That’s why we can’t confuse this legitimate citizen concern with sabotaging what’s beginning, because if Guaidó doesn’t do it right from the beginning, we’ll all be harmed. Hence the warnings made in good faith so that his administration is not only impeccable but also seems so. And so that what comes after Guaidó is based on an impeccable institutionality, especially with the electoral matter.

The political machinery is already beginning to move in the National Assembly for the conformation of the Committee of Electoral Nominations for the selection of the Rectors of the CNE, without having given samples to change the electoral systems according to the Judgment of the legitimate TSJ of June 13, 2018, that orders a manual system and the reconstruction of the Electoral Registry (see TSJ declares NULL the use of the automated vote for elections in Venezuela, in http://ticsddhh.blogspot.com/2018/06/tribunal-supremo-de-justicia-declara.html).

That is to say, the parties of the transition ignore to our detriment, a sentence of the legitimate TSJ because it is not in accordance with their interests. This is unacceptable. Venezuelans, the entire civil society, must raise their voices in unison to demand All the signs are indicating that the official opposition parties are moving as if they had not been responsible for the Chávez phenomenon that changed our lives in 1998. Beware! In this opportunity we will not remain impassive. If things are not done right now, the question in the title of this article will be one because absolutely nothing will have been learned: the precipice. But we will not fall into it without putting up a fight with those who have not wanted to learn. I hope Guaidó makes a difference and accompanies the Venezuelan people in their aspiration for a different Venezuela…

 Caracas, February 4, 2019 elections and manual voting systems that guarantee Authentic Elections for that new government after Juan Guaidó, once the usurper has been expelled from Miraflores. Once again they are taking us Venezuelans to play in the trapped roulette of the CNE, but at that moment it would be at the service of the new political leaders of the transition, changing only who operates the roulette.

All the signs are indicating that the official opposition parties are moving as if they had not been responsible for the Chávez phenomenon that changed our lives in 1998. Beware! In this opportunity we will not remain impassive. If things are not done right now, the question in the title of this article will be one because absolutely nothing will have been learned: the precipice. But we will not fall into it without putting up a fight with those who have not wanted to learn. I hope Guaidó makes a difference and accompanies the Venezuelan people in their aspiration for a different Venezuela…

Caracas, February 5, 2019

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