Venezuela’s Parliament launched impeachment proceedings Maduro

Controlled opposition the Venezuelan national Assembly approved the initiation of the impeachment process of President Nicolas Maduro, reports Reuters.

The vote took place at the meeting on Tuesday, October 25. Members of Parliament also voted to challenge Maduro at a meeting of Congress next week, November 1.

On Friday, October 21, in Venezuela, was blocked a referendum on the removal of Maduro from power because of claims to the signatures, the election Commission refused to register the signatures in support of its holding, as the courts have recognized part of the forged signatures, then the Parliament had announced the removal of President by impeachment.

Sunday, October 23, the national Assembly met in extraordinary session and adopted a statement in which he accused the President of usurping power, urging the army not to obey him. “The government has carried out a coup, it intends to steal the votes of Venezuelans,” said opposition lawmaker Julio Borges.

Opponents of Maduro won the parliamentary elections in December 2015 and is in the Assembly by two thirds of the seats.

On Wednesday, October 26, the opposition has planned a large-scale protest. This day was supposed to start another round of collection of signatures in support of the referendum to dismiss the President.

The powers of the President expire in 2019. If the referendum on dismissal will not take place this year, in the case of impeachment will not be elections until 2019 will remain in power, the Vice President Aristóbulo Ister, that is, a supporter of Maduro. If Maduro loses the referendum to 10 January 2017, Venezuela will hold early presidential elections.