Luisa Ortega Díaz, the Venezuelan opposition unlikely new hero, has kept herself busy during the last 48 hours. Yesterday, she released this video, which quickly went viral.

The video which, for our conspiranoid readers, lasts exactly 3:50 minutes is a defense of the 1999 Constitution and of the Public Prosecutor’s Office she leads from the recent attacks from the government.

Later in the day, Luisa visited the National Assembly to witness the special session to approve her appointment of Rafael González Arias as Deputy Prosecutor General (vice-fiscal general), which she had requested last week.

In what seemed a parallel universe compared from a few months ago, she received a hero’s welcoming, seizing the moment to troll the chavistas who were protesting her presence there and thanking the Assembly for its support. Earlier, the Supreme Tribunal had annulled González’s appointment due to lack of AN approval another of these Catch-22s, the AN couldn’t approve, because the Tribunal ruled it was in contempt of court.

Ignoring González’ confirmation by the National Assembly and in an action that seems to pave the road for Ortega Díaz’s inevitable ouster, the Supreme Tribunal of appointed Katherine Haringhton as Under-Prosecutor General instead.

Haringhton is a largely obscure figure who has acted as prosecutor in some of the most appalling and unfair show trials staged by Chavismo. For her actions she was sanctioned by the Obama Department of State as a human right violator. However, in an ironic reminder of Luisa’s complicated past, as recently as March 2015 she had publicly supported Haringhton against the sanctions. Haringhton was, after all, a faithful Fiscalía footsoldier.

Could she just fade into obscurity like other disgraced chavistas? Will someone in the Armed Forces take up her cause?

And today, the incomparable Pedro Carreño and the mephistophelian President of the Supreme Tribunal Maikel Moreno staged a bizarre show trial to oust her from her position. Ortega Díaz decided not to attend, and her absence resulted in the Tribunal appointing a public defender to handle her “defense”.

Instead, Luisa gave a blistering press conference where she sardonically mocked Carreño’s history of bizarre and false statements, mentioned the first lady’s nephews convicted of drug trafficking in the US, called the current actions of the government a coup d’etat “more grotesque than Carmona’s” and contradicted the government’s version about her approval of the appointments of several Supreme Tribunal justices in December 2015, among other stinging comments.

The Supreme Tribunal will “decide” on her ousting within the next five days. Although it’s undeniable that her decisive actions have made Ortega a key player in the last few weeks, it remains to be seen what impact her ouster will have. Could she just fade into obscurity like other disgraced chavistas? Will someone in the Armed Forces take up her cause?

Or could we end up with two parallel fiscalías? And then, what happens when civil tribunals try to act and two different fiscales turn up to prosecute the case?

For all her stardom, Luisa remains an enigma. Her statements remain vague and empty, she does not give away what she stand for or who is she is, really. Personally, considering her past actions as an enabler of chavismo, I remain skeptical and on my guard.

And yet, at this point, she seems to be one of the few resources we have left against chavismo. So I hope to be proven wrong soon. Very soon.

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  1. What do you mean by “Her statements remain vague and empty?” Luisa has been unequivocal and unrestrained in condemning the Maduro regime. How much clearer can she be? Can’t you let go of the past and appreciate the courage of this remarkable woman? She is acting from a position where she has everything to lose unlike MUD leaders who have nothing to lose. Luisa is crowning jewel of the resistance yet her contribution has been devalued by skeptics who are firmly stuck in the past. It is time to move forward Crespo.

  2. Regardless of her motives, she’s been a huge black eye for Maduro and it all comes at a terrible time for him, on the eve of him sham ANC.

  3. What is her leverage? Her leverage is her information, and her information reflects just as badly on her as it does on them, and they don’t care what they look like anyway- they’ve given up all pretenses.

    They’ve called her bluff, and I am afraid this is going nowhere.

    • She wasn’t bluffing, she is standing up for Venezuela’s democracy and she isn’t backtracking. The only way to get Maduro out is if there is a split in the regime backers and her stand is the only hope that this may happen. Unfortunately it looks like she may pay the price without others following her and a split happening.

  4. LOD is defending Chavismo, its Constitution, and the original ideals for which Chavez stood and was originally elected. Although a black eye for Maduro, as long as the Ven. military remain loyal, not much will come of this. VPL has crossed the Rubicon, and eventually will go down in flames. As Prof. Ellis says, there are no guaranteed effective historical protocols for dealing with a Criminal Enterprise Regime governing a country other than eventually “violating” the country’s “sovereignty”.

    • Whatever she is defending it is better than what Maduro has in store for Venezuela – a slide to Cuban style authoritarianism. If you think the country can’t go lower, yes it can. Just think of North Korea. No, it does not depend on the military, it depends on the Venezuelan people. Research shows that if just 5% of the population come out and protest no govt can stand. In fact practical real life examples show that only 3.5% is necessary. So it’s really up to the people.

  5. From the perspective of someone outside Venezuela she appears through international media to be a hopeful future leader. Your perspective is helpful in understanding the complexity of the situation.


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