Venezuela: call for mobilization for a "transitional government"

The Venezuelan parliament, the only institution controlled by the opposition, called Friday for a mobilization on 23 January for a "transitional government", the day after the inauguration of President Nicolas Maduro for a second term disputed.

The president of this meeting, Juan Guaido, reminded a thousand supporters in Caracas that the Venezuelan Constitution gave him the legitimacy to take power as part of a transitional government.

On January 5, Parliament declared itself the only legitimate power and announced that it would form a "transitional government" before holding new elections.

"Is it enough that we abide by the constitution under a dictatorship? No. The Venezuelan people, the army and the international community must bring us to power," said Guaido.

The President of Parliament called for a "major mobilization in every corner of Venezuela" on 23 January. The date symbolically refers to January 23, 1958, the date of the fall of the dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez.

Part of the opposition has asked Juan Guaido to take the oath as president because of the vacancy of power & # 39; which, according to her, exists after the rejection of Maduro's second mandate by the deputies and a large part of the international community.

On Thursday Nicolas Maduro was invested for a second six-year term for the Supreme Court, and not for Parliament as provided for in the Constitution. Since the installation of the deputies at the beginning of 2016, the decisions of Parliament have been systematically canceled by the Supreme Court, composed of believers of the regime.

In practice, the Parliament has been replaced by a 100% Chavis constituent meeting.

Nicolas Maduro, backed by the high command of the army, was re-elected on 20 May after a voice boycotted by the opposition who rejected the results, such as the United States, Canada, the United States. European Union and many Latin American countries. The opposition criticized the pressure on voters and pointed to historical abstinence (52%).