In the power struggle in venezuela that has been going on for months, president nicolas maduro apparently wants to break up the opposition-controlled parliament.
On monday, the constitutional assembly, which is loyal to the government, set up a commission to determine the date for the parliamentary elections. "If in the deliberations we come to the conclusion that the elections must be held this year because the national assembly no longer exists, we will do it that way," said the president of the constituent assembly and vice president of the socialist party, diosdado cabello, according to a report in the newspaper "el nacional".
Regular, the next parliamentary elections will be held at the end of next year. After president maduro has occupied almost all state institutions in venezuela with his henchmen, the national assembly is the last bastion of the government opponents.
It is also the only government that is recognized as democratically legitimate by many countries, such as the united states and germany. "They are trying to illegally dissolve the venezuelan parliament and call new elections," said opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido.