The Venezuelan opposition majority is preparing to dissolve opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s so-called interim government. A controversial move, some described it as a logical step, while others see it as a mistake that ultimately benefits the government of Nicolas Maduro.
The move against Guido is the first of 112 people to appoint him as Venezuela’s interim president after Maduro declared himself illegally in power after committing a massive fraud during the 2018 presidential election. Although the opposition leader held no real power in Venezuela, his appointment as Venezuela’s rightful leader was supported by the United States and about 50 other countries. recognized by
A vote to ratify the dissolution of the caretaker government is scheduled for Thursday, but sources within parliament said the process could not be delayed until Friday or next week, given that some lawmakers have called for the process to be postponed until Wednesday. He said it could be extended.
Opposition leader Juan Pablo Guanipa said after meetings with political leaders, academics and civil society representatives, “we need to talk more” before ratifying the abolition of the “interim government”. He said a consensus had to be reached.
The Miami Herald reported in October that three of the four main opposition parties had decided to dismantle the caretaker government. This was in view of the fact that the political platform had already lost its usefulness, although Guaido continued to be recognized by significant parties as the legitimate president of Venezuela. International community.
In October, the White House confirmed it would continue to support Guido, but the US government would not interfere in the internal struggle over Venezuela’s troubled opposition leader and respect the final decision. said to
For some international observers, the Venezuelan opposition leadership is poised to make a big mistake.
“Nonsense,” said Antonio de la Cruz, senior associate of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. “It will end up being Maduro’s coronation, because by removing the interim presidency, what they are trying to do is leave behind a de facto government.”
In contrast to Guaidó’s appointment, which was based on a constitutional clause that provided for the National Assembly to appoint the president of the legislative body as follows: It will be. interim president of a country if the president is removed from office.
The three opposition leaders behind the initiative believe what they are trying to do will continue to have the same degree of international support that Guaidó had, but they are wrong. said de la Cruz.
Guaidó urged the Venezuelan people on Tuesday to voice their rejection of a proposal to amend the “interim law” to eliminate the interim presidential office, which would allow the regime to retake the South American country’s assets located abroad. It is essential to protect against attempts to These assets include approximately $1 billion worth of gold bullion held in Bank of England vaults and the Sitgo Refinery in the United States.
However, the leaders of three political parties (Acción Democrática, Primero Justicia and Un Nuevo Tiempo) that want the transitional government dissolved have dismissed the claim.
“Reforming the laws governing the transition to democracy will ensure the protection of the Venezuelan state’s foreign assets. These will never fall into the hands of the regime. did,” they said in a statement.
Those who support the dismantling of the interim government believe that the interim government has passed its intended purpose and, especially given Guaidó’s low approval ratings, the interim government should allow the opposition to move to new ways of fighting the regime. It emphasizes that the must be abolished.
“Venezuelas are already pretty fed up with the transitional government’s experiments, and it is only natural that the opposition will start looking for ways to reconnect with people who are increasingly skeptical and alienated from the political class,” said Venezuelan program director. Jeff Ramsey told the Washington office of the think tank on Latin America.
“Opposition parties recognize the importance of adopting a more pragmatic strategy ..rather than continuing to claim that it is a government that does not control territory or state institutions,” he added.
However, we believe that the decision to remove the caretaker government could have a serious adverse effect on efforts to restore democracy and influence U.S. policy toward the Caracas administration, particularly with respect to the future of Venezuelan foreign assets. Some people are
Eddy Acevedo, president and chief of staff at the Wilson Center, said despite repeated objections by delegates eager to remove Guaido, the final decision threatens Venezuelan ownership of Citogo’s assets. said it was possible.
“It’s very sad,” Acevedo said. “This is the decision of the Venezuelans and Washington will respect the leader they have chosen….but this will jeopardize their control over their assets.” Given that it is recognized by the state, the interim government.
With the interim government’s disappearance, these assets will soon be in jeopardy, he said.
“As soon as this decision is handed down, Venezuelan creditors (whose debt has been defaulted by the regime) will step in and try to freeze some of these assets, leaving judges in a dilemma. We have to decide the structure of Venezuela,” Acevedo said.
This story was originally published December 28, 2022 at 5:01 p.m.