CARACAS – The opposition-controlled Venezuelan Parliament reaffirmed on Monday its repudiation of the constitutional assembly by approving an accord to “disregard acts contrary to the constitutional order” and denouncing the assembly’s first steps as confirmation of its “dictatorial” nature.
The agreement “to reaffirm the prevalence of the Constitution ... and to disregard acts contrary to the constitutional and democratic order ... emanating from the fraudulent Constituent National Assembly” was approved unanimously by the deputies opposing the government.
The Parliament also denounced the decision of the assembly to extend by two years the period during which it will exercise its functions to restructure the state and purge all its institutions.
The legislature views that time period as proof of the veracity of “all the criticisms and warnings that have been made about the proposal to usurp the constitutional power of the people to try and prolong dictatorial control.”
In addition, the Parliament, which has been controlled by the opposition MUD alliance since December 2015, rejected the assembly’s establishment of a “Truth Commission” to determine responsibility for the sometimes deadly violence erupting at certain anti-government protests.
This commission, the Parliament said, is a “serious violation of human rights,” given that it was “conceived by the protagonists” of acts of “indiscriminate repression as an organ of persecution” and attacks the “judicial monopoly” in the administration of justice.
The constitutional assembly was pushed through without a prior public referendum to strengthen the so-called “Bolivarian Revolution,” and its 545 members were elected on July 30 amid protests against it and with the rejection of a good part of the international community.
The assembly was installed last Friday in the building where Parliament sits.
President Nicolas Maduro and certain assembly members have announced that the newly constituted body will work to eliminate the parliamentary immunity of some lawmakers and could even dissolve Parliament.
Attending the parliamentary session was Brazil’s ambassador to Venezuela, Ruy Pereira, following in the footsteps of the representatives of the United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain and France last week to support the previously-elected Parliament.