Parallel A.N. in 5…4…3…yup, here it is. (UPDATED)

Squatters? Legislators? Squatislators!


In one of those news events that is both deeply shocking and entirely expected, Diosdado Cabello has just set up a parallel, unelected National Assembly, to be known as the Parlamento Comunal Nacional.

Oh dear.

Diosdado said he had no problem with this new “Parliament” holding its sessions the Palacio Federal Legislativo – the traditional seat of the Legislative Branch. “As long as I’m chairman of the National Assembly, which will be until next January 5th or 6th 2016, if the opposition wants, or if it doesn’t come to take the oath of office, you can sit here as often as you like and however you like to discuss the proposals you have.” (Syntax mangled in the original.)

The syntax is too mangled to come to a definitive interpretation, but that sure seems to me like a vow that, if for any reason the new A.N. members are unable to take their oath of office, CorpoAN can just keep the Palacio Federal Legislativo as long as it wants.

It’s a squatter situation: el hemiciclo es la nueva Torre de David. 

UPDATE: Efecto Cocuyo finds out the Parlamento Nacional Comunal has actually been part of the Communes Law since 2009…it’s just that they’d never quite gotten around to convening it. Also, it only has jurisdiction within existing communes.


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        • Marc, there are are similarities between Brazil and Vzla, but many differences. One of them is that the Judicial branch is not completely sold out, as it is in Vzla. You still have some Justice there.

          • We do have some justice, but as you may have heard, the Brazilian Congress called for Dilma’s impeachment just to see it being suspended for no reason by the local version of the STJ. Well, they did give a “reason”, but it just doesn’t make any sense constitutionally speaking… It really doesn’t. Tomorrow this suspension will be decided, and if the STJ choose to publicly admit that they are traitors, they will set the country on fire. I wouldn’t want to be in their skin.

            Brazil is not Venezuela yet not because the communists here are different, but rather because they can’t do here what they do in Venezuela, but yet they keep trying like the maniacs they are. However, just like is happening in Venezuela the masses are slowly and very painfully learning that left-wing ideology is not good for themselves and their future.

  1. So the plan is to keep the new AN away from the building? Because, come January 5, they must walk into the building and the Armed Forces must protect them and the Constitution or, pretty much, perform the worst violation of the law these guys have ever done. Akin to a coup, you’re frontally violating the will of the people. It’s the type of stuff that carry international consequences.

    And once you’re there, bye-bye to whatever Diosdado did. No other assembly has the authority of the Assembly.

  2. For Godgiven to pull this one he will need to have the military support and the international community shut up. And then there is the righteous anger he will inspire in the Venezuelan people and in particular those that voted.

    Rumor has it that the military is not too hot on Diosdi’s ideas.

    As silent as most other countries have been in the past, this may be a little too much, particularly after the political shifts in the continent, let us not forget Mr. Almagro’s letter.

    Finally, there is enough momentum on the opposition that we could attempt a Tahrir Square.

    Peligrosas patadas de ahogado.

    • “For Godgiven to pull this one he will need to have the military support and the international community shut up.”

      Correct. You need the collaboration of people that may not side with you when the chips fall. I don’t see this move working out for our friend Mr. Hair.

  3. Is he actually going to force the new AN into a situation in which it will have to “evict” a bunch of malandros from the Palacio Federal Legislativo before they can get to work? Does anyone recall the pictures of the offices of the Governorship of Miranda when Capriles arrived to take possession?

    (I did an internet search and came up blank. Someone help me out here.)

    The offices had been completely sacked. All that was left was trash. Is that what we can expect in the Asamblea Nacional?

    • When the Clinton administration left the White House in 2000, most of the “W” keys were taken off of the keyboards of all the computers (desktops back then) and other similar annoyances. That was after the long and bitter Gore/Bush electoral debacle, so I’m sure the Clinton/Gore staffers were bitter.

      Not quite the same as sacking the place, but it came to my mind.

  4. En la agenda del dia de la AN hoy:

    10. Informe que presenta la Comisión Permanente de Política Exterior, Soberanía e Integración, mediante el cual solicita se apruebe en todas sus partes el Proyecto de Ley Aprobatoria del “Acuerdo que debe regir las actividades de los Estados en la Luna y otros Cuerpos Celestes”,

    Queda confirmado: Diosdado está en la luna.

      • Eso es correcto. CapoCabello knows the DEA is after him, he has nowhere to hide. He faces criminal prosecution, he knows it. Therefore, he won’t go down without a fight. And he’s no evangelical angel..

        But yeah, he’s either high on crack, or simply delusional. Certainly uneducated. He should get a new face, a new name, a new passport and hide his millions somewhere in the Caribbean. But he’s too dumb for that, and his English ain’t perfect either.

        • Reverol had fair warning 7 years ago when Tio Sam bagged Chupeta. I think they are delusional. They can run but they can’t hide. Very dumb to keep assets offshore and in dollars where Tio Sam can get them. The Panama businesses are not safe. Nor is the stuff in the Caribbean with exception Cuba. Those that bank in Havana are safe.

      • Cabello knows he can get away with this Draconian move, and more; 4 main reasons:

        – The TSJ is utterly corrupt, all of them; There is no separation of powers.
        – The Military is almost as putrid. Sold out to Chavismo PDVSA dollars.
        – There are millions of Chavista “pueblo” people who are still brain-washed, or bribed, too.
        – He knows they will be able to Bribe many more people next year. Ask Ramos Allup and many MUD guys.

        • Look at the 6D results. The TSJ is corrupt, but with no money, no international support, no pueblo and not much military anymore, an adventure on January is going to end badly for them.

          Hopefully it won’t end up in a disaster anyways.

  5. Surprised?. Nope for a split of a second.

    They will block the assembly, lower the security around the AN to the very lowest, set many demonstrations, pull some tricks using a new TSJ, choke the money or no money, swamp the new AN with gazillions of laws, decrees and whatnots, even cut the sandwiches and vandalize cars for the new congressmen. Calls for ministers, official figures for depositions by the AN will be dealt with absence…

    …they will play criollo hard ball

    And obviously this stupid display of “aqui no ha pasado nada” is the first salvo to justify what is coming..

    Once more, we are dealing with thugs and they will do everything within and outside the law.

      • Indeed…but you need to remember “esta victoria de mierda”

        Granted, the Chavistas may have lost the election and they are now in soul searching mode. But the core, the 4 or so million votes they got have not humbled their pride. You may say that now they have fear but “fear is the beginning wisdom” and they may find a common ground there to get reorganized.

        The good news is that we can always count on Maduro and Godgiven to mess things up even against the Chavistas. But if we think for a second that they are down and beaten and that they will play by the rules of the game then you are completely mistaken about them.

        Recognition of the political power that the Chavistas can still yield is the right approach. Understanding that Maduro and Godgiven will play dirty is being prepared for what is coming.

        Appeal to the “decent chavismo” the one looking to fight the corruption, to tackle the insecurity and the inefficiency is the best way to manage the beast. And once you manage the beast then union will begin to flourish and with union then we can say: never again!. If we do not do that the goals we are trying to achieve will always be pursued but never attained. And that means crisis forever a la Mexico.

        • Crisis forever a la Mexico? Venezuelans could consider themselves lucky were they in the same situation Mexico is right now: growth in the 2.2%-3.0% range for the next two years, annualized inflation below 3% (yes, that’s less than 3% a year), exports in excess of 300 billion (short count) of which only 12% is oil, well stocked supermarkets, and a murder rate (despite all the “war on drugs” headlines) that is one third Venezuela’s or perhaps less.

  6. Well, isn’t it now very easy for Diosdado to just fill up the Palacio Legislativo on Jan 4th with many, many members of the Parlamento Nacional Comunal, let them hold a very important and very long locked-down session until the sixth and then say: “bueno, pero los de la oposición no vinieron a juramentarse”.

      • When Montesinos had his surgery in Ccs, he spent post-op in safe-house without A/C and meds…it was very painful for him compounded by the fact that his bodyguards where now his jailers and they took all his money! Reverol is going to end up dead or in prison. He’s now a walking dead man, worth more dead than alive.

  7. If they go thru with it , this the kind of institutional coup against which the Carta Democratica can be invoked and which can convert Venezuela into a pariah state precisely inthe moment in which it is financially and otherwise most vulnerable . The naming of Reverol as a probably indictable drug trafficker is done with a fine sense of timing , for if he is indicted his inclusion in any future gabinet can be used with extreme prejudice by US and other authorities to attack the regime .

    The congress doesnt have to meet at the Palacio Legislativo , it can install itself anywhere it deems convenient , more so if access to it is barred by mobs of regime thugs. !!

  8. The narcotics cases are piling up and feeding on each other. Fine timing indeed. He has already been indicted by grand jury. They now will unseal the indictment.

  9. Creo q los casos de narcoticos contra los cuatro grupos en poder: Tarek, Cabello, Maduro-Flores y Chavez van a ser clave en lo que ellos decidan y hagan.

    • At the time of the Fujimorozo Peru was, like Venezuela, one notch above a failed state. There was the threat of Sendero Luminoso and a fractious Congress which hamstrung both the dire military and economic measures Fujimori and the military wanted to apply to the country. Moreover, the economic disaster was clearly blamed on APRA’s and Alan Garcia’s government.

      So, no, this is not a Fujimorazo. You are missing military support and it is Chavismo the one blamed for the economic disaster. As for Venezuela’s violence, as terrible as it is, it is crime and not a political uprising.

    • One difference between Fujimori and Diosdado Cabello is that unlike Diosdado Cabello, Fujimori had policy proposals which, when implemented, markedly improved Peru. Five months after the auto-golpe, government agents captured Abimael Guzman, Sendero Luminoso’s “Presidente Gonzalo,” which effectively decapitated Sendero Luminoso. Fujimoro’s economic policies- essentially carbon copies of his opponent in the Presidential race- stopped hyperinflation and turned the economy around. By contrast, Diosdado has no policy proposals to resuscitate Venezuela. If he did, they would have been implemented by now.

      The comparison is with Allende’s Chile- which like Chavismo today- had to deal with being in the minority. It was common practice, when Allende’s Unidad Popular coalition lost a union election, to set up an alternate union. Chavez also set up alternate unions. Allende also proposed setting up an alternate Congress, to deal with Unidad Popular’s minority status in the Chamber of Deputies and in the Senate.

      I doubt that Allende originated this tactic.

      • Allthough not quite the same, the Bolsheviks (“the majority ones”) might be considered precursors.

        At least those commies did improve the average education levels of Russians. Chavistas were, as I have often written, a complete scam (including their “efforts” on literacy)

  10. Are you so badly informed that you do not know that the pueblo legislativo, parliamentarismo de calle y assambleas comunales can also legislate, repeal and call referéndums? They are just as consitutional as the AN.

    Perhaps Hermann Escarrá can educate you outside of you incurable appetite for manipulations, Quico:


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