President Maduro meets with international MPs attending installation of National Assembly

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, held a meeting with international members of parliament who attended the installation of the new National Assembly (AN) for the 2021-2026 constitutional term.

The meeting took place in the Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, and was attended by the senator of the Antigua and Barbuda Parliament, Francis-Bakesha James; senators of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia, Andrónico Rodríguez, Freddy Mamani, Pedro Vargas, Miguel Ángel Rejas, Zulay Mamani and Higinio Farfán; the Vice-president of the Cuban National Assembly, Ana María Mari Machado; Cuban MPs María Yolanda Ferrer and Yoerky Sánchez; and MPs of Chile’s Congress Boris Barrera, Gabriel Pozo and Rafael Pérez.

Also, MPs of Mexico’s Congress of the Union José Gerardo Fernández and María Rosete and MPs of Peru’s Congress María Elena Foronda and Edyson Morales attended the event.

Other participants included members of Ecuador’s National Assembly Silvia Salgado, Eduardo Zambrano and Jorge Serrano; MPs of Andalusia’s Parliament (Span) Ana Naranjo and Ismael Sánchez; and MP of the Congress of the Dominican Republic Juan Dionicio Rodríguez.

In addition, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development of the Commonwealth of Dominica Reginald Austrie and Spanish journalist Ignacio Ramonet attended the meeting.

At 11:00 am on Tuesday, the new Venezuelan Parliament was installed by its 277 members, headed by Jorge Rodríguez, Iris Varela and Didalco Bolívar, new President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-president of the National Assembly.

Once sworn in, Jorge Rodríguez highlighted that they will devote their efforts “to listening to what the people say,” and “building real, true politics” based on “the capacity of listening to and respect each other.”

“I we stay inside the walls of this building, we will fail. If we succumb to the bureaucracy of commissions and meetings, we will limit ourselves to cheap politics. If we  do not go out to the streets where our votes came from, if we do not talk to every women and men, if we do not stand by them with their problems, vicissitudes and suffering, we will fail in our duty, and we cannot fail,” affirmed the President of the National Assembly.