National Assembly follows through on Political Trial

We watched today's AN session, which was surprisingly riveting, and here are the highlights.

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On Tuesday, the National Assembly(AN) held what, on paper, would be its most important session ever…for the second time in this year. Turns out the first time you announce to the world you’re going to hold a political trial to hold the President accountable, the world sits up and takes notice. The second time? It rolls its collective eyes.

It’s a shame it won’t have much impact, because this session was way enthralling in its own way. It was certainly better than the completely demobilizing dialogue fiasco that short-circuited the last attempt.

Things went off smoothly, they even met quórum on the first try this time. Progress!

Recently released political prisoner and elected diputado Gilberto Sojo was welcomed and finally sworn in to his position. Freedom is always good news.

After a brief, insipid speech, Tomás Guanipa made room for Freddy Guevara, one of the few lawmakers who openly pushed back against suspending the trial last month. He addressed the PSUV bench directly, asking how much the Venezuelan people would have to suffer over the government’s ineptitude.

It’s a question I ask myself daily, and the answer is as discouraging as ever.

It felt nice, hopeful, and like a small step in the right direction. But we’re in the realm of symbols here, and people’s hunger out there is anything but symbolic.

PSUV couldn’t just stand by and let this Pokemon chaser call them out on being assholes, so they sent their heavyweight up to the dais: the legendary Pedro Carreño made a quick speech to note the juicio político doesn’t really appear anywhere in the Constitution.

It’s not exactly news that Art. 222 is being stretched beyond recognition here, but then again, which part of the Constitution isn’t? At this point, no one seems to care.

Carreño then recalled how the TSJ openly forbade “discouraged” the opposition from taking on such a reasonable “defiant” attitude through its last notorious November 15th ruling. Finally, in a classy move, the whole PSUV bench walked out of the plenary session in a huff.

I guess they still had some Bs. 100 banknotes to get rid of.

A couple more diputados made statements. Props go to Bolívar diputado Américo Di Grazia, who brought the whole Arco Minero affair back in for a kicking. The social and environmental price the country will have to pay for this particular Maduro whim will be a huge burden for coming generations and the planet.

UNT’s Enrique Márquez once again underlined how Maduro had done everything in his power (which pretty absolute) to kill the recall referendum. His speech felt far removed from Timoteo Zambrano’s shameful declarations yesterday. It’ll be interesting to see which UNT is the real UNT. I’m personally betting for option two.

Then Venezuela’s favorite AN president took to the mic.

Henry Ramos gave one of his classic speeches: a lot of fancy words, his wonderful eloquence and a pretty moving fifteen minutes.

After explaining why Nicolas Maduro must be considered a “state official” (and is therefore covered by article 222) and clearing up that the AN can declare the political responsibility of all such figures, he announced the long awaited verdict.

As expected, Nico was found responsible of mauling Venezuela’s constitutional order, violating Venezuelans’ human rights and devastating our nation’s economy.

The document he read out was long, as you might expect an indictment of this catastrophic misgovernment might be. The AN’s line of reasoning cites that the President has a constitutional duty to guarantee decent living conditions for the people, that he has concentrated pretty much the entire power of the State in his own hands through unconstitutional Emergency Decrees, that he has deliberately blocked the RR process and made a mockery of the Constitution’s separation of powers.

The AN announced it would go to every institutional instance, specifically the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía General) and Poder Ciudadano — Maduro-controlled puppets, to be sure — to request an antejuicio de mérito (a constitutionally mandated ruling establishing that a high official can be tried) against the President.

After rushing through the rest of the document, the place broke into rapturous applause, followed by a purely formal vote.

Aprobado por unanimidad- said Henry Ramos. He signed off on it and, poof! it was all over.

The session was great fun to watch, it reminded me of how I felt while hearing those first impressive Ramos Allup speeches back in January. It felt nice, hopeful, and like a small step in the right direction. But we’re in the realm of symbols here, and people’s hunger out there is anything but symbolic.

Not to be outdone, Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal (TSJ) swiftly proceeded to designate the two National Electoral Council board members whose periods expire in December, a clearly retaliatory move against the AN, whose constitutional mandate includes…approving CNE appointments. Apparently, TSJ still thinks the AN is in rebellion (desacato), despite the fact that 3 Amazonas deputies voluntarily resigned from their elected posts so that peace could reign over parliament again (or dialogue could continue to stall forever).

An ordinary session to make “extremely important decisions” was called for tomorrow.

Amanecerá y veremos.

AN: Acuerdo de Declaración de Responsabilidad Política de Nicolás Maduro by La Patilla on Scribd

13 COMMENTS

  1. Then the three Amazonas deputies should retake their seats again, because the whole “fraud” fiasco hasn’t been proved (And it’ll never be proven), so the AN will start piling the evidence against the regime by firing not only the CÑE’s fraudsters, but the TSInjustice judges and basically every single red moron that can be offed from their post by the AN, then turn to the international scene to show the evidence of how the regime is a dictatorship when they disobey the AN and try to dissolve it.

    • Depends on who your lawyers are and where the court you’re in is located.

      Just about anywhere outside Venezuela I’d say chances would be very high that a ruling regarding contractual issues and such would find Maduro had no legitimacy to enter into said agreements.

      In Venezuela, well, no explanation needed right?

      • It doesn’t matter. Anything he signs from now on can be declared null and void at a later date. Try getting someone to loan you money under such conditions. The mere threat Venzuela can default on your loan without actually defaulting should be enough to scare everyone away for good.

        Whether that is good or bad is debatable.

  2. A “Political Trial” under these conditions could end up being the new “Dialog”, which it can drag for years while Maduro is dancing, the TSJ would declar it without merit at the end.
    Maduro needs to be removed by force. At this point the opposition should focus in that instead.

    • Potentially, because there’s one plane full of coccaine that’s related to vielma mora, the psycho governor that burned the government’s house to have an excuse to send the colectivos against the people in 2014.

      Remember that chavismo has never hesitated to even slaughter their own base voters to victimize themselves, the earliest examples were in 1999 when Chávez rejected USA’s help with the Vargas’s crisis and later in the april 11’s slaughter by richard peñalver and the death circles.

  3. These regimes always start the same. A revolution to fight oppression.
    They always end the same. Oppression to protect the regime.
    I am an an American in the US that has complete empathy with the people of Venezuela.
    I have written my Congressman and both of my Senators from NY Schumer and Gilibrand.
    It seems that so many events in the world are distracting people, especially the US media from focusing on the suffering of our neighbors.
    I do not believe that this regime is going to leave peacefully even when the elections are scheduled.
    It is critical that the opposition becomes focused and prepares for what may eventually become armed rebellion.
    Every Venezuelan man needs to take a good assessment of themselves and ask themselves what their family and their dignity is worth. As long as the regime knows that you will cower and run from danger, you will remain oppressed while you watch your families slowly die.

  4. Epitaph for a Regime, or, equally or more likely, for the Venezuelan Pueblo entero. If, as it seems so far, the Pueblo takes the Bs. 100 calamity lying down, as they have every other calamity to date, then the Regime/Cuba will see that they’re ready for the completion of the full Cubanization of the Country…..

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