Venezuela’s Parliament declared President Maduro “left their post”

Venezuela’s Parliament declared President Maduro “left their post”

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The Venezuelan Parliament voted for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro. The head of state, as stated by the representatives of the National Assembly of Venezuela, “abandoned their responsibilities”

The opposition majority in Venezuela’s Parliament voted for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, reports the newspaper El Nacional. It clarifies the Reuters, the signing of the relevant resolution is “symbolic step”.

As stated by the deputies of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Maduro “left his post and abandoned his duties”.

For this decision, according to El Nacional, voted 106 MPs. Moreover, the unit Pro-government deputies left the hall before the vote. It clarifies the issue, members referred to the provision of article 233 of the Constitution which allows the appointment of new presidential elections in case of recognition of the head of state is absent on duty. The deputies of the Pro-government faction, said that the Parliament has no authority to vote on this issue.

As writes Reuters, this decision of the Parliament is unlikely to help to resolve a government crisis that emerged after the opposition won the majority of seats in Parliament in elections in 2015. The opposition believes Maduro personally responsible for the deep economic crisis in the country and shortage of essential commodities, members repeatedly stated the need for removal of the President from power, in particular, proposed to hold a referendum on the issue.

In October 2016 the Parliament at an extraordinary session adopted a statementin which he accused Maduro of usurping power and called on the army not to obey him. Then MPs attempted to impeach the President.

Nicolas Maduro on Sunday, January 8, announced an increase in the minimum wage in the country by 50%. According to Bi-bi-si, this is the fifth increase in the last year. In total since February of 2016, Maduro raised the minimum wage in Venezuela by 322%. According to the International monetary Fund (IMF), the growth of consumer prices in Venezuela in 2016 amounted to about 500%, and in 2017 it may exceed 1640%.