The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) declared null and void this Tuesday the board of directors of the National Assembly (AN, Parliament) headed by Juan Guaidó since January, and instead recognizes the one led by Luis Parra, a dissident from the Venezuelan opposition.
“The Constitutional Chamber of the TSJ declared valid the Board of Directors of AN (…) which is made up of deputies Luis Eduardo Parra Rivero as president, Franklin Duarte as first vice president and José Gregorio Noriega as second vice president,” says a note from Supreme press.
The ruling also establishes that any public or private person “lends or transfers space” for the installation of a parallel or virtual parliament “will be held in contempt, and any act exercised as such is void “.
The TSJ assured that the directive headed by Parra, whose legitimacy is questioned by the Venezuelan opposition and a good part of the international community, did not commit any “action outside the framework of constitutional jurisdiction” in his controversial election, held on January 5.
“The opinion also ordered to send a certified copy of the file and the ruling to the Public Ministry (Prosecutor’s Office), for the corresponding legal purposes in relation to the actions of citizen Juan Guaidó,” added the statement from the highest court, referring to the various accusations facing the opposition leader.
Petition to declare your party a terrorist
In recent months, Guaidó has been cornered by the Justice and the Venezuelan Government who repeatedly accuse him of being a “terrorist” and a “vendor country”. Thus, last Monday the Venezuelan Prosecutor asked the TSJ to determine if the party, Popular will (VP), led by Leopoldo López and in which he played throughout his career until last January Juan Guaidó, is a “criminal organization for terrorist purposes” and therefore, that it be dissolved.
In the petition, sent to the Constitutional Chamber of the TSJ, the Prosecutor’s Office asks “to declare the party or political organization Voluntad Popular, a criminal organization with terrorist purposes and consequently be dissolved by reason of the provisions of the Law on Political Parties, Public Meetings and Demonstrations, “announced the head of the investigating body, Tarek William Saab.
For his part, Saab assured that the political organization closed “the cycle of conversion of Popular Will into a transnational terrorist organization” with “a phase that started on January 23, 2019 “, when Guaidó was sworn in as interim president of Venezuela protected by an interpretation of the Constitution.
In this position and “using the support of the Government of the United States, this false president, has been appropriating property belonging to the Republic to your personal benefit and that of his accomplices, “according to Saab’s account.
In addition, he accused them of having seized various state companies and, “with the support of the United States Government,” “money belonging to the country in accounts located abroad”.
Coup d’état and terrorism
Previously, the Prosecutor’s Office had already requested precautionary measures against the deputy, approved almost immediately by the TSJ, which include the ban on leaving the country, to dispose of property and real estate, as well as the blocking of their accounts.
Among the numerous accusations that the Prosecutor’s Office has prosecuted against Guaidó are crimes such as rebellion, conspiracy, instigation to commit a crime, attempted coup and terrorism.
Despite everything, the opposition leader has left Venezuela twice to participate in international tours and has returned to the country without any arrests. Furthermore, Guaidó circulates freely and on numerous occasions has challenged the Government to imprison him.
Both the Venezuelan attorney general and the members of the TSJ have been questioned by the opposition for their links with chavismo and his controversial election, considered fraudulent.
Rugged appointment of Parra
Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, was sworn in as re-elected president of Parliament in an act that was held at the headquarters of a newspaper after he was prevented from entering the Legislative headquarters.
In that parallel session, the opposition majority that supports him as a parliamentary leader voted in a personalized way and before the media to record that 100 of the 167 legislators wanted him as president.
Meanwhile, Parra, the current president of Parliament according to the ruling of the TSJ, was invested as head of the House in a bumpy session in which no personalized vote was taken and whose minutes were never published.
What will happen now with Guaidó?
After the court order on Tuesday, the opponent is left without parliamentary leadership and, therefore, without political backing to establish himself as the president in charge of Venezuela in front of his followers and the international community, as he has done to date.
But it is that Guaidó, today, not even militate in any party to officially endorse it, since last January it left the Popular Will formation. Although, in practice, the party supports Guaidó’s public decisions – at least in part – there is no official link.
The role of the opponent in the world of politics remains in the air and awaiting the next step in the search for – as he reiterates every time he has an opportunity – “freedom of Venezuela”.