Venezuelan Parliament Recognizes Juan Guaido as President

  • On Tuesday, the Venezuelan Supreme Court recognized Guaido's rival, Parra, as President of the National Assembly.
  • On Thursday, members of the assembly called the court ruling illegal because judges, in their view, were deprived of "independence, autonomy, and objectivity."
  • Venezuela's Foreign Ministry welcomed China's new national security law on Hong Kong.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court, which is loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, has approved Luis Parra as the President of the National Assembly. However, the opposition-dominated parliament did not recognize the court’s decision, and reaffirmed Juan Guaido’s authority.

Juan Guaidó is a Venezuelan politician serving since 3 January 2019 as acting President of Venezuela. This started the Venezuelan presidential crisis by challenging Nicolás Maduro’s presidency.

Venezuela’s National Assembly, which is dominated by opposition members, has not recognized the country’s Supreme Court ruling, which had stripped opposition leader Juan Guaido of his term as President.

On Thursday, members of the assembly called the court ruling illegal because judges, in their view, were deprived of “independence, autonomy, and objectivity.” After that, Guaido announced that he would continue to serve as President of the National Assembly.

On Tuesday, the Venezuelan Supreme Court recognized Guaido’s rival, Parra, as President of the National Assembly, holding his claims to be most legitimate. Members of the Supreme Court are considered loyal to President Maduro, who has been fighting for power against Juan Guaido since the beginning of 2019.

Luis Parra proclaimed himself President of the National Assembly in January. During his election, neither Guaido nor other opposition politicians were allowed into the parliament building. Guaido called Parra an “accomplice of the dictatorship.”

Since January, Parra and Guaido have held parallel parliamentary sessions with their supporters. According to Bloomberg, Parra was previously an ally of Guaido, but later sided with President Maduro.

“Parallel” Parliaments

Luis Parra is a Venezuelan politician who is in a dispute with Juan Guaidó over who is the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela based on a vote on 5 January 2020. The United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Parra and other seven individuals, “who, at the bidding of Maduro, attempted to block the democratic process in Venezuela,” according to US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin on 13 January 2020.

A struggle for power has been going on in Venezuela for many years, between the socialist government and the center-right opposition. The former was led by Hugo Chavez from 1999 until his death in 2013. Maduro has led the country ever since.

In January 2019, Guaido, as President of the National Assembly, declared himself interim president. In this status, he was recognized by about 60 countries, including the United States and Germany.

However, despite pressure from Washington and the catastrophic situation in Venezuela’s economy, Maduro remains in power. He relies on support from the military, as well as Russia and China.

Venezuela has been suffering from a deep economic crisis for many years, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of Venezuelans have fled abroad to escape economic hardship and political repression.

Venezuela Welcomes China’s National Security Law

The Foreign Ministry of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, through an official statement, welcomed the approval of the draft National Security Law for Hong Kong, endorsed on Thursday by the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China. The statement was announced by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, through his official Twitter account.

He added that:

“Venezuela supports the sovereign decision of the XIII National People’s Congress of China before the approval of the Law on the Establishment and Improvement of the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”

The statement says:

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela salutes the People’s Republic of China for the approval of said law as a purely internal matter of China; Venezuela rejects and condemns the interference of foreign countries that try to ignore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, trying to circumvent the principle of One China. Venezuela ratifies the recognition of the Hong Kong Special Administration, under the principle of ‘One Country Two Systems.'”

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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