A total of 72 former deputies who supported in 2019 the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó As president in charge of Venezuela, they approved this Friday to eliminate the so-called “interim government”, an instance that had the recognition of the United States and a small group of countries.
The former parliamentarians, meeting virtually, ratified this decision -which they had already approved in a discussion that took place last week-, despite the rejection of a small group that defended the continuity of Guaidó’s self-proclaimed presidency.
They also agreed to keep the National Assembly elected in 2015 active – which does not recognize the legitimacy of the legislature installed in 2021, with an overwhelming pro-government majority – only to legislate around the protection of Venezuela’s resources abroad, which until now have been controlled by Guaidó.
The approach of the self-proclaimed president, which was to preserve the interim, was supported by 23 former deputies, who described the elimination of this figure as a “legal assassination.” Eight opponents, some independent and others from the parties Citizen Meeting Y Venezuela projectthey abstained in the vote when questioning the constitutional legality of the proposal presented by the formations Democratic Action, justice first Y a new time.
Before the vote, Guaidó warned that eliminating his government represents a “leap into the void”, for which he asked the members of these four parties to defend the “institutionality” of the opposition struggle represented in the figure of the so-called “interim government” by above “names and personal interests”.
The former deputy and member of Primero Justicia Juan Miguel Matheus indicated that new political strategies are required to defeat the government of Nicolás Maduro in presidential elections, scheduled for 2024. For his part, the former parliamentarian Freddie Guevaraleader of Voluntad Popular, affirmed that eliminating the “interim presidency” is an “error” that could be charged to those who supported this decision.
The so-called “interim government”, without real power within Venezuela, had the recognition of United States and a small group of countries, which allowed him to control some public resources abroad. In order to continue with this policy, the former insurgent deputies proposed and approved maintaining the meetings ad hoc that handle issues of the state oil company pdvsa and the central bank abroad.