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Parra-led Parliament gives the Supreme the power to renew the Electoral Council

January 21, 2020
Luis Parra, el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional elegido por el 'chavismo' y la oposición minoritaria de Venezuela

Luis Parra, the president of the National Assembly elected by 'Chavismo' and the minority opposition of Venezuela – Boris Vergara / dpa

The opposition of Guaidó summons a march towards the Parliament for January 28


The National Assembly of Venezuela led by Luis Parra, elected by 'Chavismo' and with the minority opposition, has declared Tuesday the “legislative omission” of the legislative headquarters, which will allow the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) to renew the Council National Electoral (CNE).

Parra-led Parliament gives the Supreme the power to renew the Electoral CouncilParra-led Parliament gives the Supreme the power to renew the Electoral Council

The Parliament of Parra has met in the Legislative Palace with deputies 'chavistas' and the dissident opposition although without reaching the minimum quorum, 60 legislators, according to the news portal Efecto Cocuyo.

“Fraction of the PSUV-CLAP, led by Luis Parra, meet in the chamber of the National Assembly behind closed doors, without quorum and without access to the media, while blocking access to Parliament,” the Communication Center reported on Twitter Nacional, which serves as the press office of Guaidó.

The deputy José Gregorio Aparicio, of the opposition that has broken with the opposition leader Juan Guaidó, has proposed to declare the “legislative omission” of the National Assembly to be the TSJ – controlled by the 'Chavismo' – who names the new members of the CNE.

The renewal of the CNE is one of the points agreed by the Government of Nicolás Maduro and the minority opposition in the agreement reached last September to resume political dialogue in Venezuela.

It is also an indispensable requirement for Guaidó and its international allies so that any election held in Venezuela is “credible” and thus facilitates the exit of the political crisis.

“That it is the TSJ that chooses a new directive of the National Electoral Council is the proposal that we have this opposition bench,” said Aparicio, arguing that, after analyzing “very responsibly” the legal aspects, “the only way and the only solution that remains is legislative omission. ”

The spokesman for 'Chavismo' in the National Assembly, Francisco Torrealba, had already advanced that they were “at the door of a legislative omission.” “It can happen at any time,” he said on the public network VTV.

Finally, the proposal has been approved. “In this ordinary session of the National Assembly the representation of the present opposition right admits that there is legislative omission and that any decision on the CNE must be taken in the TSJ,” Torrealba himself announced on Twitter.

The deputies related to Guaidó intended to hold their own session on Tuesday in the Legislative Palace to authorize the trip of the “president in charge” of Venezuela to Colombia and Europe, which began on Sunday, and appoint new 'ambassadors'.

“We will make every effort to have the session in the Legislative Palace,” said the first vice president of the National Assembly of Guaidó, Juan Pablo Guanipa.

However, the deployment of police and military around the building has deterred them to avoid clashes that have occurred between opposition deputies and agents.

However, Guanipa has assured in statements to the press that “today's session is going to be held” in the Plaza Cumbres de Curumo. “Do not believe the dictatorship and its puppets that will end the National Assembly,” he stressed on Twitter.

In addition, he has summoned Venezuelans so that next Tuesday, January 28, they will march towards the Legislative Palace. “We are going to show that the fight we are fighting is a fight for freedom,” he urged.

Guaidó and his people also lost effective control of Parliament on January 5, when 'Chavismo' and the minority opposition elected Parra as the new president of the National Assembly in a non-quorum session in which security forces prevented the access of the majority opposition.

Since then, Guaidó and his deputies have barely been able to enter the Legislative Palace. The opposition leader was ratified by his own as president of the National Assembly and, therefore, “president in charge” of Venezuela in a session held in the drafting of 'El Nacional' with 16 votes more than necessary.

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