Juan Guaido’s interim government suffered a sharp decline. Last Sunday, the Commissioner for External Relations, Julio Borges, resigned from his post, without first indicating that this government “must disappear”.
In a press conference via Zoom from Bogotá, Borges explained the reasons for his resignation: “I will leave the position I have held so far to give this fight to dismantle and transform things to rebuild a project, a path and a unity.”
But the person who was president of the National Assembly of Venezuela and represented before the Lima Group He also strongly criticized the Guaido administration He listed a series of mistakes and contradictions that, in his opinion, had been committed by the temporary since 2019.
“There is no path, no unity, no strategy,” the politician said.
Guaido was unable to achieve the goals of the interim government after receiving overwhelming support in 2019 from several countries (including the United States).
The main goal was the overthrow of President Nicolás Maduro, who, despite losing his power and political support, is still entrenched in Miraflores Palace without showing signs of a quick departure.
The Provisional Government was an instrument of exit from the dictatorship, but at this moment it has been distorted into a kind of end in itself, It is run by a class that is there. It has become bureaucratic and is no longer doing its job.”
Borges is considered one of the most famous politicians in the Venezuelan opposition. He was the founder of the Primero Justicia party and was a deputy in the National Assembly three times in periods.
In 2015 he became a deputy for the third time after the opposition won the parliamentary elections by an overwhelming majority. He was president of the same group between 2017 and 2018.
In 2018, it issued a letter to the Bank of England to prevent the gold held there by Venezuela from being repatriated and falling into the hands of Maduro.
He was also one of the key figures that allowed the emergence of Juan Guaido as interim president. In 2019, he assumed the position of Commissioner for External Relations Temporarily, he acted as a kind of Guaido’s advisor to other countries and international organizations.
what are the reasons?
Borges joins a number of politicians who are increasingly critical of Guaido. But his resignation is perhaps the most powerful and controversial to date.
Guaidó has been questioned privately andl money management that The transitional government will Finance and manages.
One of them is a case Monmer, a Venezuelan company based in the Colombian city of Barranquilla that was awarded to Guaido when he became leader of the interim government in 2019.
According to Borg, this company’s money is managed by the Guaidó environment without much transparency.
“Asset management scandal. You have to create trust so that there is transparency. “There is no accountability, the assets are used for personal purposes,” Burgess said.
But other cases, such as the alleged and failed military seizure of La Carlota airport in April 2019 and another failed naval incursion as part of G . processNSDebtThey questioned Guaido’s ability to lead the country as a transitional leader.
Borges even called Operation Gideon a “clown.”
This is not the first time that the 38-year-old Guaidó has received harsh criticism from well-known members of the opposition.
Perhaps the most prominent so far is the former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radunsky, who said the interim government “died” in April 2019.
“Here the temporary died on April 30, 2019. There they buried him as a Christian,” Capriles judged. This was exactly the day Guaido announced the military takeover of La Carlota Airport.
Commander Maria Corina Machado and former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledesma also expressed their doubts and criticisms. Other members of the interim government have resigned, such as London MP Vanessa Newman.
Rethink the strategy
So far there has been no response from Guaidó.
Through his Twitter account, US President Joe Biden thanked Biden for his invitation to a summit for democracy on behalf of Venezuela, and stated that the time had come to unite the nations of the world with strength and determination, to save democratic values. shattered by the threats of dictatorships, totalitarians and populists on a global scale.”
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The opposition decided to participate in the last elections for mayors and governors on November 21 after years of boycott. But the lack of a common strategy did not affect Chavismo, who redrawn the map of Venezuela in red despite losing its popularity.
This lack of electoral strategy represented, according to Borges, a missed “golden opportunity” to create a solid internal force to counter Maduro.
We can’t go on with the bureaucracy. We have lost international support because of There were many errors and scandals. They put our case in the refrigerator. “We need an internal space to mobilize the struggle, the parties and civil society,” Borges said at the press conference.
For this, he considered that the opposition must restructure itself to confront Chavismo.
“We will present on Tuesday in AN a package of reforms to the opposition and the interim government. We will arrange our position and seek structural changes,” Borges said.
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