Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidoaffirmed this Friday that the decision to eliminate the figure of the interim government, which he led since 2019 and recognized by the United States and another group of countries, weakens unity of those who oppose the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro.
“Today the political fact of removing a constitutional tool does not put us in a better position”, Guaidó said in a virtual meeting, in which 72 former deputies of the 112 who supported him in 2019 they voted to eliminate the presidency in charge.
He insisted that suppressing this figure represents a “jump into the void” for opponents and can put at risk the Venezuelan assets abroad.
“Today a majority is making a decision, that they do not ask me to accompany, (…) In no way would I ask Venezuelans to go back on the tools that we have achieved”, he expressed.
Guaidó indicated that with this decision taken, the task ahead is rebuild the unit oppositionfacing some primary elections scheduled for next year, in which a candidate will be chosen who faces to the madurista regime in the 2024 presidential elections.
After six hours of intense debate in the session of the National Assembly, the president reiterated that the reason for the presidency in charge is constitutional and falls on him power vacuum that occurred in the country in January 2019.
He indicated that “the presidency in charge cannot be delegated to a commission”, for which reason he wondered “who is going to assume the power vacuum? Who will assume the powers? Give him a first and last name and take responsibility”.
“I say to the dictatorship, here I am and here I will be. We are going to face them. I tell them that they have not won, nor will they win,” said Guaidó.
This Friday, a total of 72 former deputies who supported Guaidó’s proclamation as president in charge of the country in 2019 approved the elimination of the so-called interim government.
The former parliamentarians ratified this decision -which they had already approved in a discussion that took place last week-, despite the rejection of a group that He defended the continuity of the interim.
They also agreed to keep active the National Assembly elected in 2015 -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 resources abroadwhich until now have been controlled by the interim government.
Guaidó’s approach, which was to preserve the interim, was supported by 23 former deputies who described the elimination of this figure as a “legal assassination”
Allies who maintained support for Guaidó consider that the approved proposal is “an error”, considering it unconstitutional.
“I can’t understand how we are committing this suicide,” lashed out the former deputy Freddie Guevara in the virtual session. “I don’t understand how we got to this point (…), the first political suicide of formal surrender broadcast live on the internet,” she said.
Guaidó thanked the officials of the interim government that at “personal and family risk” they worked and fought for the defense of Venezuela and Venezuelans inside and outside the country.
(With information from EFE and AFP)