• Crisis The Venezuelan opposition majority rejects Guaidó's proposal and ends with the presidency in charge

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In the midst of its greatest crisis in what seems like a perpetual crisis, the democratic opposition of Venezuela elected this Thursday via


the deputy

Dinorah Figuera

, exiled in Spain, as the new president of the legitimate National Assembly (AN).

From her residence in Valencia, the Primero Justicia (PJ) parliamentarian swore to rescue the unit, now pulverized, and for a fight that would lead to

free and fair elections


"I am a brave woman who works for unity, for Venezuela against the harsh dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. I fight for Venezuela to be free," stressed the deputy, a social fighter in the most popular area of ​​Caracas and much loved by opposition leaders.

In parallel, product of the authoritarian script imposed by the Chavista revolution, the Bolivarian legislative body celebrated the opening of its own political year in style, with a visit included to the monument to the Liberator

Simón Bolívar

to offer him some flowers.

Jorge Rodríguez

, brother of Vice President Delcy and Maduro's left hand, will continue to lead for another year, despite the protest of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), which he considers has deepened its authoritarian drift.

A good part of the international community, including Spain, does not recognize this Bolivarian body that emerged from the fraudulent elections of 2020, for which reason the democratic AN elected in 2015 was forced to continue in office against all odds.

Spanish exile

Figuera, very close to the PJ leader,

Julio Borges

, also exiled in Valencia after leaving Bogotá, will preside over a board of directors for the first time with two women as vice-presidents:

Marianella Fernández

, from Un Nuevo Tiempo (UNT), and

Auristella Vázquez

, from Acción Democratic (AD).

Both also remain in exile, the first in the United States and the second in Madrid, where she is very active in both political and social work.

The opposition's strategy is precisely that, to separate the new leaders from political persecution inside Venezuela, after Juan Guaidó, already a former president twice (of the AN and of the government in charge) remained at the forefront of the challenge. against Maduro under constant pressure from Chavismo.

"I am a militant of optimism and hope. We must transcend partisan and private interests to unify, to unite Venezuelans," Guaidó said goodbye with a call for unity that now seems impossible.

His party, Voluntad Popular (VP), abstained in the vote, even rejecting the offer to take charge of the second vice presidency.

The wounds opened by the process to

end the presidency in charge

, led by the so-called G-3, the new majority made up of PJ, AD and UNT, marked not only the day of this Thursday, but the previous hours of efforts and disagreements until finding a consensus around the three women deputies at the last minute.

Until now, the AN has had strong leaders, such as Borges,

Henry Ramos Allup

(AD) and Guaidó himself, and only with the presidency of

Omar Barboza

(UNT) did it lower its profile to go unnoticed throughout 2018. And that It is precisely the main challenge for the new leadership: that the disappearance of the presidency in charge, being in exile and not being part of the leadership at the head of the parties reduce their public impact, already limited by the Chavista blockade.

The main leaders of the G-3 yearn for an Assembly with such a low profile as the one headed by Barboza.

A poisoned triple dart for the three deputies, who

reach the legislative top at the worst possible moment

, in the midst of the internal war, without real power and with Maduro fully incorporated into the international arena with the support of his allies from the Patria Grande.

In fact, the mechanism launched by the opposition majority places the Board of Directors for Expenditure and Asset Protection, in charge of protecting the

around 40,000 million dollars in frozen assets and liabilities in the US, England and Portugal

, as the fundamental tool in this stage that opens full of doubts.

Washington support

In the last hours, the Government of

Washington has ratified its support for the

democratic AN, which it considers the only legitimate institution that Venezuela has left.

The road map marked out by Biden to reduce the sanctions against Chavismo includes a return to the negotiations in Mexico (on


after the first social agreement in November), the concretion of an electoral calendar for 2024, the rehabilitation of all the candidates (including Guaidó himself,

Henrique Capriles


Leopoldo López

), the end of the takeover of the political parties intervened by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and handed over to collaborators, the updating of the electoral registry and international observation .

In the electoral calendar, the next month of June is also marked in red, when in principle the opposition primaries

are scheduled to take place


Everything indicates that after being separated from the presidency in charge, Guaidó will become the VP candidate.

Capriles, already a two-time presidential candidate, maintains his aspirations.

In short, an opposition crossroads that looms new storms on the horizon.

"Exposed to ridicule, the 2015 Assembly leaves the field completely open for the formation of a new opposition," said analyst

Georg Eickhoff


Other observers, such as

Luis Vicente León

, president of Datanálisis, have not lost faith: "It is an opportunity to relaunch the opposition offer. Welcome the opportunity for change to continue in the fight."

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