US-backed self-declared “Interim President” Juan Guaido has been barred from holding public office in Venezuela for 15 years by the Maduro government, Reuters reports, citing Caracas officials.
Venezuelan state comptroller Elvis Amoroso in public statements on Thursday said it was the maximum punishment allowable by law, and charged that Guaido had “inconsistencies in his personal financial disclosures and a spending record that did not match his level of income,” according to Reuters. Image source: Getty
After the shock announcement it remained unclear what this means in terms of Guaido’s immediate fate as majority leader of the National Assembly.
Crucially Guaido’s being banned from public office came less than 24 hours after the opposition leader announced plans for his supporters to launch “tactical actions” starting next week as part of his “Operation Freedom” to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.
He began publicly referencing the plan earlier this month at opposition rallies and described it as a “full-fledged revolution in all states of Venezuela simultaneously.” Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-28/venezuela-bans-guaido-public-office-15-years