CARACAS: Venezuela’s opposition has voted to dissolve its parallel government and remove its leader, Juan Guaido.
The move comes four years after Guaido declared himself president following the re-election of Nicolas Maduro in disputed polls.
He was recognized by many Western countries, including the US, but failed to oust the left-wing president.
The National Assembly voted 72 to 29 to abolish his interim government.
Lawmakers also voted to appoint a commission to govern the country’s foreign assets, as they seek a united front ahead of elections scheduled for 2024.
Venezuela’s long-running political and humanitarian crisis has seen some seven million people flee the country since 2015.
In November, Venezuela’s government and the opposition signed a preliminary agreement to find a way out of the country’s political crisis.
During talks in Mexico, the two issued a joint statement requesting that billions of dollars frozen abroad be released to help fund social projects.
It followed years of failed attempts to solve a political deadlock.
In response, the US said that it would allow the American oil company Chevron to resume some activity in Venezuela. (Int’l Monitoring Desk)