The move to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro continues, with opposition party legislators chaining themselves to the stair rails of the nation’s election board in Caracas, according to a Reuters story. With growing tensions, this is the latest move in their attempt to get Maduro out of office.
So far socialist government supporting institutions led by Jose Manuel Gonzalez are blocking their efforts as they are raised. The latest protest erupted when the opposition tried to get papers to start a recall process, (videos on Youtube). The national election board has been putting off any action, and the nation’s supreme court has sided with the government by striking down laws to control the socialists in office.
To get a recall, they would have to gather 4 million signatures says Jose Manuel, but the paperwork has to be filed first. They are protesting not being allowed to do so.
Maduro was elected to a six year term in 2013. The nation’s constitution allows a recall after three years if there are enough signatures calling for one. If Maduro left office, on his own or after a recall, there would be an immediate new presidential election. If Maduro serves four years and then leaves office, his vice president would take over. His vice president is seen as even more socialistic than Maduro, and the opposition dislikes him even more than Maduro.
Maduro was part of Hugo Chavez’ government and sought to continue Chavez’ policies. Maduro says the opposition, and big business along with the United States, are trying to oust him.