Venezuelan Opposition Votes to Abolish Parallel Government

Venezuela’s now former oposition leader Juan Guaido speaks to supporters during an anti-war protest outside the offices of the European Union, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Caracas, Venezuela March 3, 2022. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/File Photo
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Venezuela’s opposition has voted to dissolve its parallel government and remove its leader, Juan Guaidó.

The move comes four years after Mr Guaidó declared himself president following the re-election of Nicolás Maduro in disputed polls.

He was recognised by many Western countries, including the US, but failed to oust the left-wing president.

The vote shows how most opposition politicians in Venezuela have lost faith in Mr Guaidó.

The National Assembly voted 72 to 29 to abolish his interim government.

Lawmakers also voted to appoint a commission to govern the country’s foreign assets, as they seek a united front ahead of elections scheduled for 2024.

Venezuela’s long-running political and humanitarian crisis has seen some seven million people flee the country since 2015.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro addresses the media from the Miraflores Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela November 30, 2022.Image source, Reuters
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has grown increasingly authoritarian since his election in 2013

In November, Venezuela’s government and the opposition signed a preliminary agreement to find a way out of the country’s political crisis.

During talks in Mexico, the two issued a joint statement requesting that billions of dollars frozen abroad be released to help fund social projects.

It followed years of failed attempts to solve a political deadlock.

In response, the US said that it would allow the American oil company Chevron to resume some activity in Venezuela.

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