Venezuelan Opposition-Held Congress Extends Term

Venezuela’s opposition-held National Assembly approved on Sunday afternoon a statute extending its term into 2021, after a December 6th legislative election that the Venezuelan opposition and different governments around the world claimed it was rigged in favor of ruling socialist party.

Venezuela’s opposition-held National Assembly approved on Sunday afternoon a statute extending its term into 2021, after a December 6th legislative election that the Venezuelan opposition and different governments around the world claimed it was rigged in favor of ruling socialist party.

“Despite threats from the dictatorship and intimidation from the regime, the parliament will continue in this extraordinary period,” National Assembly chief and Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaido said during an interview with NTN24.

The statute provides for a small group of legislators to carry out the National Assembly’s functions. The change comes as dozens of legislators have fled the nation, or have expressed unwillingness to continue serving in Congress in 2021, due to what they describe as threats from the regime.

Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, who calls Guaido a US-puppet seeking to oust him in a coup, said during a televised speech that the legislative election was transparent and pointed out that several opposition candidates participated. Guaido says those candidates are shadow allies of the government.


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