Note: Due to technical problems beyond my control, I will likely be unable to complete the daily updates for the next several days. I may be unable to write some or all updates until this coming Monday, September 2. I apologize.

The New York Times reported today that Elliot Abrams, the US special envoy to Venezuela, has said that Maduro would not face prosecution if he were to abandon power voluntarily.

Abrams said:

This isn’t a prosecution. We’re not going after him. We want him to leave, to get out [of power].

Abrams also added details to the nature of the recent talks between Maduro and the White House, saying:

The idea that we’re negotiating is completely wrong… there have been intermittent messages [between the two sides], and I think would find Washington’s occasional message to be totally predictable: “They need to return to democracy. Maduro needs to leave power.

The special envoy stressed that these communications between Caracas and Washington “had been very few”, and that while some of them took place with Maduro’s knowledge, others likely did not.

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