Venezuela Confirms Guaido Rival As Parliament Speaker
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Wed 27th May 2020 | 09:30 AM
Caracas, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th May, 2020 ) :Venezuela's Supreme Court has approved opposition member Luis Parra as parliament speaker after a tense, months-long stand-off with opposition leader Juan Guaido, who also claims the role.
The court, made up of loyalists to President Nicolas Maduro, declared Parra's claim "valid," it said in a statement. Guaido has dismissed Parra as "an accomplice to dictatorship." The National Assembly parliament is the only Venezuelan branch of government in opposition hands.
Crisis-hit Venezuela has been in political turmoil since 2019, when Guaido used his position as speaker to declare himself acting president in a direct challenge to the authority of President Nicolas Maduro.
Nearly 60 countries, including the United States, have recognized him as interim president.
However, true presidential authority rests with Maduro, who retains the support of the armed forces.