President Maduro declared yesterday (October 19) that he would give 24 hours to Lara state Governor Henri Falcon to explain why he mentioned the possibility of a new government.
Falcón had declared in a press conference that: “In view of the deterioration of State institutions and the wrongful administration of justice, the urgent priority of a new government would be the re-institutionalization of the country. (…) To persecute dissidence, limit critiques, and to politicize in the extreme the administration of justice generates deep unbalances in a State.”
President Maduro considered these declarations “reckless” (temerarias), and gave Falcon a 24 hour ultimatum to deny them, after which Maduro said will ask the Attorney General to press charges against Falcon for “reckless declarations against the Constitution and the legitimate mandate given to me [Maduro] by the Venezuelan People.”
“Governor Henry Falcón said yesterday: ‘the new coming government should begin be re-institutionalizing the country.’ But from what I know, here the Presidential elections are scheduled for December 2018. (…) From what I know, I have no plans to betray the People and quit the presidency Mr. Henri Falcón, or is it that you know something I don’t know about? What new government are you referring to?” asked Maduro.
According to the Agencia Venezolana de Noticias, President Maduro added that he will not tolerate conspiracies and that Falcon’s declarations are very similar to those issued by “the right” in 2001 and 2002 before the coup against Chávez