Venezuela | Guaidó does not see “any good intention” in the CNE’s decision on the referendum to recall Maduro

Venezuela | Guaidó does not see “any good intention” in the CNE’s decision on the referendum to recall Maduro


The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has stressed that he does not see in the decision of the National Electoral Council (CNE), which has opened the way to dismiss Maduro with a recall referendum, “no good intention”, although he trusts the mechanism to mobilize the citizenship.

«No good intention has a CNE protected by the dictatorship. There is no good intention in yesterday’s announcement of a CNE supervised by Maduro,” Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said on Tuesday, although, despite his reservations, he considered that it should be evaluated as a mechanism to mobilize citizens.

In this sense, Guaidó has stressed that the decision of the body, which has existed in the Constitution since 1999, “can be an opportunity” if “there is a powerful coalition and through, for example, Mexico, conditions are achieved.”

“It hasn’t been successful in the past. Now, if we manage to mobilize, exercise a majority, manage to bring the free and fair election in Mexico as an agenda item, the support of the international community and the mobilization of the people of Venezuela, it may be an option to catalyze that election so that the dictatorship leaves », according to the newspaper ‘El Nacional’.

On January 10, half of the current mandate of Maduro, who came to power two years ago, after elections considered illegitimate by the majority of the internal opposition, was completed. Once this symbolic threshold has been overcome, the Constitution contemplates the dismissal of the president through consultation.

On Monday, several movements transferred their formal request for a recall referendum to different offices of the CNE – also in Caracas – and this body, controlled by Chavismo, has surprised by authorizing without delay the “beginning of the procedure for an eventual activation” of said consultation.

The Council has processed the petitions presented by the Venezuelan Movement for the Recall (Mover), Todos Unidos por el Referendum Recall and the National Executive Committee of Confedejunta, although it is an initial process that now remains at the expense of future steps.

The National Electoral Board must now draw up a schedule for collecting signatures, since the Constitution establishes that the final activation of the recall referendum requires that 20 percent of the registered voters so demand it.

As explained by the president of the CNE, Enrique Márquez, after collecting signatures, the Electoral Power will be able to summon Venezuelans to decide whether or not they want to revoke Maduro. In the event that the consultation is held, it would be terminated if more people vote against it than those who supported it in 2018 – some 6.2 million – and participation exceeds 25 percent.

The main opposition leaders have not commented on this new path that is opening up, at a time when the internal cracks on the path to follow to try to expel Chavismo from power are more than evident. The regional and municipal elections of 2020 were a turning point, since for the first time in five years they included relevant opposition participation.

In fact, much of the opposition discourse in recent years has been based around the fact that Maduro would not be the legitimate president of Venezuela, a status that the opposition does grant to Guaidó, head of the National Assembly elected in 2015. Revoke His mandate through constitutional channels could be seen by Chavismo as a covert form of recognition.