The Venezuelan opposition eliminates the “interim government” of Juan Guaidó


Congregated in the Parliament elected in 2015, with an absolute majority and which defends its continuity by defining the triumph of the pro-government Chavismo in the legislative elections of 2020 as fraudulent, the opposition leadership decided the end of this figure as of January 5, with 72 votes in favour, 29 against and 8 abstentions.

Recognizing himself defeated by a majority calling for an end to his “presidency in office”, the opponent Juan Guaido He called for common sense, which for him means preserving the “interim government” in Venezuela, a figure created in 2019 and which ended on December 30, 2022, when anti-Chavism held a session that the former deputy had tried to avoid .

After unilaterally suspending a session of the Parliament elected in 2015 – which opponents consider “legitimate” by rejecting the one elected in 2020, controlled by Chavismo -, which had been set for today for a week.

The anti-Chavista, who warned that the elimination of the interim represents “a leap into the void”, asked the majority of members of that Legislature, made up of the parties Acción Democrática, Primero Justicia and Un Nuevo Tiempo, to defend “the institutionality” of the opposition struggle represented in the figure of the “interim government” above “names and personal interests”.

“You have the votes to destroy the figure of the interim presidency (…) But you also have the votes to maintain and appoint the people who compose it. Do what your conscience tells you, but do not destroy the institutionality that ours fight requires”, expressed in a video broadcast on social networks in which he called to defend the interim.

End of the provisional government

The summoning to the session represented a step backwards by Guaidó in his attempt to avoid the much-declared end of the “interim government”, born in 2019 after the former deputy, then president of Parliament, proclaimed himself the nation’s representative ignoring its legitimacy of Niccolo Maduro as head of state.

Thus the leader has finally responded to the appeal of the majority of former deputies who supported him in 2019, who maintain the decision to eliminate the “interim government” because they believe that it has not achieved the objectives for which it was created, that it has provoked – in the opinion of the antichavistas – the contempt of the citizenry and the loss of international support and recognition.

This group had announced its decision to end the interim presidency on December 21, when it communicated its intention to modify the “transitional statute” – the road map created almost four years ago – to eliminate the figure of the interim presidency .

The following day, a total of 72 former deputies out of the 112 who supported Guaidó in 2019 voted in favor of eliminating the interim, a decision that will have to be ratified in a second meeting, scheduled for this Thursday.

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