Venezuela's pro-Maduro legislature to explore early congress elections

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

"The vermin little Juan and his gang are very anxious, they can't stand pressure, they worry about whether we are going to dissolve parliament, about whether we are going to call early elections, about whether we are going to strip 25 lawmakers of their immunity, stop being so nervous", Cabello, the Constituent Assembly president tweeted on Monday.

Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello holds a banner reading "No more Trump".

Any move to disband congress would fuel criticism of Maduro in the global community and nearly certainly halt Norway-brokered talks between the government and Guaido allies meant to reach a negotiated solution to Venezuela's political stalemate.

"It looks like we're getting to a crisis of justice and these traitorous worms are leaving in a stampede", Cabello wrote.

A Constituent Assembly official did not respond to a message seeking details on the session.

He said that the opposition-controlled National Assembly is the only body that has not been legitimized after the installation of the ANC two years ago, so the ANC has the "power to call an election of the National Assembly when it considers it appropriate".

Constitutionally, parliamentary elections are held every five years.

Before the assembly convened on Monday, the Supreme Court said it had accused three opposition lawmakers of treason and conspiracy, in addition to 21 other deputies the court has accused of similar charges since 2018.

Created in 2017, the Constituent Assembly was widely seen as a bid by Maduro to replace the National Assembly, the country's parliament, which had been stripped of its powers for allegedly swearing in legislators whose elections were not valid.

The opposition broadly boycotted that vote, and the creation of the institution was criticized around the world as undermining democracy.

Guaido invoked the constitution in January to assume a rival presidency, saying Maduro's 2018 re-election was fraudulent.

Faced with this position, President Nicolas Maduro made a decision to temporarily suspend the talks taking place in Barbados with the support of Norway.

"We agreed that at every main square in our country ... there will be a signature drive", said Dario Vivas, vice president of events and mobilizations for the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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