The united opposition political parties in Venezuela, through the unicameral legislature called the National Assembly, decided to end the so-called “interim government” of the self-appointed “Interim-President” Juan Guaido on the final day of the year after some hours of deliberation.
Some days later in a press conference, US State Dept. Spokesperson Ned Price decided to state that the Biden White House policy was to “continue to recognize what is the only remaining democratically elected institution in Venezuela today… the 2015 National Assembly,” which no longer exists.
WaL reported consistently on the attempts by the US to strong-arm the Venezuelan socialist government of Nicolas Maduro into stepping aside, principally by declaring the 2018 Presidential elections in that country fraudulent, appointing a political nobody as an interim president, and asking the rest of the world to agree with them.
In 2020, the Guaido “Interim-Presidency” went from an interim government to an interim-government-in-exile, after he was removed from the role as head of the National Assembly, a position necessary to hold any such role as an Interim-President under the Venezuelan constitution, and fled to the US. Those elections also saw many members of the National Assembly changed out for other office holders in regular elections.
The last WaL report on the saga was Guaido’s own pseudo foreign minister suggesting the interim government “disappear,” and that the equivalent of the US midterm elections were held in Venezuela with the socialists winning 20 of 23 state governorships.
After these two blows for the hypothetical Interim-Government, on New Year’s Eve the National Assembly decided to euthanize this defunct regime-change tool, or to put it more politically, to repeal the “Transition Statute” passed in the wake of the 2018 elections, and created by US-backed political action movements which refused to recognize the Maduro Presidency.
By October of last year, only Canada, the US, Paraguay, and Guatemala supported Guaido as the legitimate president across all of the Western Hemisphere.
Soon however, realistic sticks and stones foreign relations will come knocking at the White House door, because the idea that Nicolas Maduro is not the president of that country has moved from hard to sell to completely absurd.