The persistent crisis in Venezuela

Introduction Venezuela has plunged into a severe crisis. The country is subject to human rights violations. Besides, its economy is going down and the Venezuelian people do not trust its political leader. Indeed, Nicolas Maduro is accountable for this dramatic situation. The Venezuelian’s exode A staggering 15 to 19 percent of Venezuela’s total population has […]

Introduction

Venezuela has plunged into a severe crisis. The country is subject to human rights violations. Besides, its economy is going down and the Venezuelian people do not trust its political leader. Indeed, Nicolas Maduro is accountable for this dramatic situation.

The Venezuelian’s exode

A staggering 15 to 19 percent of Venezuela’s total population has left the country amid an economic and political crisis with no clear end in sight, a new survey estimates. And those numbers are likely to increase in coming months and years if there are not profound changes in the South American country.

A recent poll by the Caracas-based think tank, Consultores 21, found that 48 percent of all families had an average of 1.6 members living abroad. Based on those numbers, the organization estimates that anywhere from 4.7 million to 6 million of the nation’s 31.8 million people are now living abroad.

The poll surveyed 2,000 people during July, has a margin of error of 2.2 percent and is likely to ruffle feathers. Unfortunately,The Venezuelan government doesn’t provide demographic information. However, it has called United Nations’ estimates that more than 4 million people have left the country in recent years an “exaggeration” designed to paint the administration in the worst possible light.

The political crisis

Venezuela’s pro-government Constituent Assembly was holding an unscheduled session on Monday, with the opposition warning that it was preparing to announce the dissolution of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.The warning was given by opposition leader Juan Guaido, who said in a video published on Sunday that President Nicolas Maduro’s government was planning to call early elections and dissolve parliament.

“If … they do what they are planning to do, we shall have a phase of greater conflict,” Guaido said in the video, which was posted on Twitter.

Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello confirmed on Sunday that the assembly would hold a “session for peace”.

Created in 2017, the Constituent Assembly was widely seen as a bid by Maduro to replace the National Assembly, the country’s parliament, which had been stripped of its powers for allegedly swearing in legislators whose elections were not valid.

The National Assembly remained as the main bastion of the opposition, with Guaido elected its president in January. Parliamentary elections are not due before late 2020. Guaido also said on Sunday that the government was preparing to “massively persecute” legislators in the National Assembly by stripping them of their parliamentary immunity.

On Monday, the Supreme Court asked the Constituent Assembly to lift the immunity of three more legislators on charges including treason, the ruling Socialist Party and the daily El Nacional said.

That brings to 18 the number of opposition politicians, including Guaido, accused this year of treason, and instigating rebellion.Earlier, Guaido had warned that Maduro was launching a “mass pursuit” of anti-government legislators.

“The vermin little Juan and his gang are very anxious, they can’t stand pressure, they worry about whether we are going to dissolve parliament, about whether we are going to call early elections, about whether we are going to strip 25 lawmakers of their immunity, stop being so nervous,” Cabello, the Constituent Assembly president tweeted on Monday.The Constituent Assembly meeting followed new sanctions announced last week by the administration of US President Donald Trump, which froze the assets of the Venezuelan government.

“After the bid to close [the National Assembly] … have no doubt that we shall know how to act with the backing of the International Community and the strength of the mobilisation of our people,” parliament tweeted on Monday.The US embassy in Venezuela, which withdrew its staff after Caracas severed diplomatic relations with Washington in January, also issued a warning against the eventual closure of the National Assembly.

“Any attack against the Assembly is an attack against democracy,” the embassy tweeted. Maduro won a second term in an election boycotted by most of the opposition last year. He has presided over an economic meltdown and is engaged in a power struggle with Guaido, who has won the support of dozens of countries for his campaign to remove the president.

Sources of this article : https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article233947387.html; https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/opposition-warns-maduro-eyeing-dissolve-venezuela-parliament-190812230505872.html

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