Fujimorazo en Gotas


The Supreme Tribunal’s Electoral Chamber has found the National Assembly in contempt (desacato) over the swearing-in of the three questioned Assembly Members from Amazonas State. The decision declares “absolutely null” any National Assembly decision while the three deputies in question hold their seats.

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The five judges of the Electoral Chamber who handed down this decision are all hardcore chavistas, including a PSUV member of parliament who just lost his seat in the National Assembly in the same election he’s now effectively invalidated.


What we have here is a very chavista kind of autogolpe. Whereas in Perú, in 1992, Alberto Fujimori shut down congress the gorilla way, with tanks on the street, chavismo self-coup comes all decked out in jurisprudential sophistry.

The end result is the same: the democratically elected legislative is under attack at the hand of an authoritarian executive with total control over a puppet judiciary.

When you control enough of the rest of the state, the tanks are surplus to requirement.

No surprises here. Yet no less sobering for it.

UPDATE: The first MUD reaction is defiant. Simón Calzadilla, the National Assembly’s third in command, vows to press on legislating with the 112 deputies elected on December 6th. 

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Known to friend and foe alike as Quico, Francisco Toro is Executive Editor at Caracas Chronicles.


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