By Carlos Camacho
CARACAS -- Venezuela's National Assembly voted Monday that President Nicolas Maduro has effectively abandoned his post as President of Venezuela and that new Presidential elections need to be called in 30 days.
Lawmakers called for the other powers, largely seen as pro-Maduro, to help the election process happen. “Stop turning your backs on the Venezuelan people,” lawmaker Gaby Arellano asked the other powers.
The embattled President is propped up by the Armed Forces, the Supreme Court and the CNE electoral board against a legislative branch that is controlled by the opposition in a super majority (more than two thirds of all seats), an acute economic and security crisis and a popularity rate that is hovering the single digits.
There were no “no” notes, only one abstention and 106 votes in favor of the argument that Maduro had abandoned his duties as President.
The resolution approved says, literally that Maduro, “has abandoned his post as well as his inherent constitutional functions” and asks the other powers to “call for the holding of free elections”.INDICTMENT
The resolution read before the vote stressed that Maduro “has ruled since Janaury 14, 2016, in a state of exception without the approval of the Assembly” and that he had also ordered his ministers to disobey the Assembly and the Constitution.
His rule has created conditions that “favor corruption” and he himself is “co-responsible in the political crisis” which has resulted in “human rights violations…humanitarian and economic crisis…irresponsible fiscal performance…impossible to finance fiscal deficit…elevated inflation rates exceeding 500% (in 2016)…shortages of food and medicines.”
The President of the National Assembly, Julio Borges, indicated that the Parliament "demands an electoral exit to the Venezuelan crisis so that it is the people that express itself through the voted. It is up to us all this cry of 'elections already' goes to all corners of the country and the world."
"Reasons to declare the abandonment of office are everywhere," said Deputy Freddy Guevara. "It is clear that Maduro has not fulfilled his job as president -- what's more is the people looking for food in the garbage. This President does not guarantee any rights to Venezuelans and stopped being president to become a dictator. If he no longer obeys the National Assembly, or the people, Maduro is not President of the Republic and has abandoned his position."