US sanctions Venezuelan parliamentarians who don`t support Juan Guaido
“Illegitimate Attempted Takeover of the Venezuelan National Assembly”
The recently elected speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly Luis Parra is among seven Venezuelans targeted by a new round of US sanctions, the Treasury Department said.
Luis Eduardo Parra Rivero; Jose Gregorio Noriega Figueroa; Franklyn Leonardo Duarte; Jose Dionisio Brito Rodriguez; Conrado Antonio Perez Linares; Adolfo Ramon Superlano; and Negal Manuel Morales Llovera are parliamentarians sanctioned by the united states fore “control of the National Assembly and block interim President Juan Guaidó”…
No one can be contrary to their puppet
With 150 of 165 members present, the National Assembly elected Luis Parra as its new president. Parra, of the right-wing opposition party Primero Justicia, was elected with 81 votes. Franklin Duarte of the conservative Christian party COPEI (one of Venezuela’s two main political parties prior to the revolution) was elected vice president of the assembly.
José Gregorio Goyo Noriega, of Guaidó’s own Voluntad Popular party, was elected as the National Assembly’s second vice president. And Negal Morales of the neoliberal Acción Democrática (the other pre-revolution major party) was elected secretary of the legislative body.
All four of these parties are firmly in the opposition, belying claims that President Maduro somehow took over the legislature.
At least 30 moderate opposition members joined Chavistas in electing two people from far-right parties to the highest posts in the National Assembly. Venezuela is a complicated country, with its own logic that defies sense, much like its economy. This maneuver by Chavismo and the moderates is the next step toward breaking a political deadlock that has paralyzed the country since 2016.
Primero Justicia best exemplifies the rifts within the opposition, as it is probably the most divided political party in the country. It contains Parra, who has participated in dialogue with the government. In a press conference after being sworn in, he said “we [the opposition] are no longer hooked on confrontation, our first and great challenge is to end confrontation… we’re going to start a path of depolarization of the country and the legislature.”
This party also contains the notoriously intransigent Julio Borges, who referred to Venezuelan migration as a plague (feeding into the region’s rampant, and in some instances, state-sponsored, anti-Venezuelan xenophobia). Borges has also called for a US military option to remove Maduro.
Primero Justicia’s divisions reflect those that have split the opposition as a whole: a wing that wants coexistence versus another that demands total conquest.