The recovery of the National Assembly premises on Tuesday certainly gave greater force to the Venezuelan opposition. And this must be taken advantage of right away if they want to restore democracy in the country
The recent blow against the Congress (aka National Assembly or AN) led by Nicolás Maduro and his people, also helped by some lawmakers from opposition parties, was such a mess that had two immediate and adverse effects to the objectives of the autocrats: give a boost to the figure of Juan Guaidó, President of the AN and also interim President of Venezuela, and bring back together a good part of the opposition unity. The recovery of the AN premises on Tuesday certainly gave greater force to these two aspects.
And this new air breathed in the democratic field today must be taken advantage of right away. This is not the time for triumphalism. The events of January 2019 must not be repeated. Now is a good time for them to make some solid headway. The rebuilding of a united opposition must be deepened and broadened as much as possible. That unity should be provided with a collective leadership to develop the policies to pursue.
On the not-too-distant horizon there will be parliamentary elections of which a position must be adopted as soon as possible.
Before these elections, there are going to be some changes. Some of them in the appointment of new members for the National Electoral Council (CNE), and others in the Suffrage Law that will have to do with the way how lawmakers are distributed.
One of the goals of last Sunday’s assault on the AN is to encourage abstention. Maduro and his people will do everything in their power to prevent a potential opposition victory in an election. They are aware that in a fairly competitive election, the vote of Venezuelans would reduce them to cosmic dust.
Hence, there is a lot of work ahead. They have to fight for an impartial CNE, fight for balanced electoral conditions and get organized to participate in the elections.
Their participation or not will be a decision to be made according to the conditions created, but even under very bad conditions, we believe it is appropriate and convenient to participate. Not doing so is what Maduro and his minions want. Not doing so would prevent to repeat episodes such as those lived on Tuesday. Not doing so translates into giving up the AN without a fight.