Venezuelan government and opposition hold second round of talks

Representatives from the Venezuelan government, the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), the Vatican, and the Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (Unasur) are set to meet on 11 November 2016 in Caracas for a second round of dialogue. The MUD is coming back to the talks with a set of demands, including holding a recall referendum in 2016 or general elections in 2017, freeing political prisoners, recognizing the legislature's authority, electing new representatives for the Supreme Court and for the National Electoral Board, resolving the case of three unseated opposition deputies from Amazonas state, and accepting humanitarian aid (Globovisión). The government is demanding recognition for state institutions, regional elections in 2017, the establishment of a truth commission, and creating a consensus to address the economy (Globovisión). According to Panorama, a source close to the dialogue process stated no progress has yet been made on the working groups established during the first round of talks on 30 October.