Tuesday, October 19

The National Assembly extends its term and ratifies Guaidó as president

Juan Guaidó, with the Venezuelan flag in the background

Juan Guaidó, with the Venezuelan flag in the background

The National Assembly of Venezuela elected in 2015 and controlled by the opposition has approved this Saturday the reform of the Statute that Governs the Transition towards Democracy, by which the validity of the authority of the National Assembly itself is extended and thus legitimizes Juan Guaidó as president of the same and therefore “president in charge” of the country.

“The duty of every citizen, invested with authority or not, is protect your family, your people and your country. That is what the National Assembly did today. In that direction, tomorrow I will send a message to the nation and to our international allies. Union and action to achieve it, “Guaidó posted on Twitter.

The National Assembly has met telematically in extraordinary session and has approved the reform of the transition statute: “The present Law It will be in force until December 31, 2021 or until it is repealed by the Budget Law for Fiscal Year 2021, issued by the National Assembly; once the usurpation of the presidency of the Republic ceases “.

In addition, the creation of the Political Council as a coordinating, monitoring and control body of the Presidency of Venezuela and the elimination of the Government Center, which was under the coordination of Leopoldo López.

Democratic Action abstains

However, the extension of the functions of the National Assembly has not had the support of Democratic Action (AD), the second largest opposition party, a decision considered as a new sign of division within the Venezuelan opposition. AD has abstained from voting.

“AD will reject the proposal to modify the transitional statute not only because the current situation will change nothing but because our deputies and partisan authorities are in Venezuela, while Those pressing for approval are all in exile“, has argued the AD leader Oliver Blanco through his Twitter account.

During the session, AD defended its abstention, considering that the reform was unnecessary because the National Assembly had already declared that the parliamentary elections of last December 6 are illegitimate. In addition, they reject that the continuity of the Legislative Power remains in the hands of the delegated commission.

“We believe that the Statute is in full force, therefore, the plenary must assume responsibility and not delegate the functions to anyone, “said Deputy Piero Maroun, from AD.

In the December 6 elections, the ruling party of the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), led by President Nicolás Maduro with little participation and after the opposition called for abstention, prevailed. The new deputies will take office on January 5, the date on which the mandate of the current National Assembly would end.


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