It’s not like Guaido should have been surprised by this. He has been extensively warned that the longer he allows Cuba’s puppet dictatorship to live and breathe in Venezuela, the lesser the chances are of getting rid of them. But Guaido didn’t listen and now he’s a victim of a play right out of the Cuban dictatorship’s playbook: while the world is distracted with a crisis on the other side of the globe, that’s the time to do your dirty deeds.
Venezuela: Chavismo Seizes Parliament and Appoints New Leadership, Toppling Guaidó
Luis Parra was sworn in as president of the National Assembly with the votes from the Chavista party, more than twenty votes from supposed independent opponents, and some dissidents
Venezuelan opposition legislators were persecuted, harassed, and stopped from reaching the parliament for the appointment of the Assembly Directorial Board for 2020. Further, Chavismo illegally swore in, without a quorum and without the presence of the Assembly Directorial Board members headed by Juan Guaidó, a new Board presided over by legislator Luis Parra, who was recently involved in a corruption scandal.
On January 5, the Directorial Board of the Venezuelan National Assembly was supposed to be renewed, and the unanimous expectation of the main opposition parties was the ratification, in session, of Juan Guaidó as president of the parliament and, consequently, of the interim government. However, the security forces of Nicolás Maduro’s regime hindered the attendance of the deputies. While Guaidó was trying to get into the Assembly, the legislative branch was hijacked.
Parra was sworn in as president of the National Assembly. He got votes from the Chavista members who were recently reincorporated in the Assembly after they left it in 2017. More than 20 supposedly independent opposition members, as well as a few dissenters, also supported Parra. His election was illegal: there was neither the necessary quorum nor was the 2019 Assembly Directorial Board present.
Luis Parra is the legislator who, just over a month ago, was involved in a corruption scandal uncovered by journalist Patricia Poleo and the media outlet Armando.info. According to the investigation, Parra coordinated with other legislators the formation of a group of parliamentarians to favor business owners who have benefited from the Nicolás Maduro regime.
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