The Venezuelan national Assembly, the majority of which is occupied by opposition MPs, voted in favour of beginning the process of impeachment of President Nicolas Maduro. In addition, Parliament voted to challenge Maduro at the meeting next Tuesday, November 1, reports Reuters.
Deputies voted “for the discovery of process against Nicolas Maduro” and that a parliamentary Commission was “beginning to explore” possible “criminal and political responsibility, as well as the resignation” of the President. In the Venezuelan Constitution, however, a clear mechanism of impeachment of the President, in contrast to some other countries of the region, journalists said.
On October 23 the Parliament of Venezuela has accused the Executive power in violation of the constitutional order, and announced its intention to begin procedure of impeachment of the President. The corresponding decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the Supreme legislative body.
The document, consisting of nine items of particular importance are the announcement of the breach of constitutional order and the perpetration of a coup by the Executive branch, and the decision to begin procedure of dismissal of Nicolas Maduro.
In addition, the deputies plan to submit the state to the international criminal court for the suspension of the referendum over the resignation of the President, the appointment of five members of the National electoral Council (CNE) and the selection of new members of the Supreme court.
Last week, the national electoral Council of Venezuela announced that the second phase of training for a national vote on the issue of early termination of powers of the head of state has been postponed indefinitely. A new stage of collecting signatures was to be held from 26 to 28 October.
This decision was made in connection with judicial verdicts handed down in several regions of the country in respect of violations committed by the opposition during the first stage of the preparation of a plebiscite.
In early August the signing of more than 1% of voters (329 thousand), submitted at the first stage, in support of the organization of the referendum, to be genuine. In the second stage, the Block of democratic unity would need support about 4 million people eligible to vote, after which the sheets with their signatures had to pass a test in NIS.
The probability of cancellation of the plebiscite this year is extremely high, which is disadvantageous to the opposition. Opponents of Maduro to implement their plans, it is important to seek a referendum until 10 January 2017. Otherwise, the suspended head of state for a term of two years appointed to the highest office of the country his Vice President.