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Venezuela’s US-backed opposition probed over links to terrorism

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido arrives for a news conference after Venezuela's pro-government supreme court replaced the leaders of two key opposition parties, months ahead of legislative elections in Caracas, Venezuela June 17, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

Jesús Silva
Press TV, Caracas

Over the past few days, the US-backed Venezuelan opposition parties have been hit by decisions of the country's Supreme Court of Justice.

The court has ordered an investigation into one party’s possible links to terrorism while appointing new heads for three other parties.

Voluntad Popular, the main opposition party, which is related to politicians Leopoldo López and Juan Guaido, is nowadays being investigated over possible involvement in acts of terror and may be declared a terrorist group by the Judiciary in the upcoming days.

By the same token, Primero Justicia, Acción Democrática and UNT, three of the largest political organizations who oppose President Nicolas Maduro, were sued by many of their own members over impeding internal elections. The nation's top Court responded by appointing new provisional authorities for the parties and ordering internal elections to be held as soon as possible.

The opposition says the judges are politically biased and some have described the move as an attempt by the government to bring the National Assembly under its control.

However, the court says the decisions were part of a necessary restructuring process. Some say the rulings are all based on the facts and the rule of law.

Persident Maduro has once again accused opposition parties of robbing Venezuela of its wealth and plotting a foreign invasion to end his socialist government.

This year's parliamentary elections are being organized by Caracas despite Washington's meddling and boycott threats from the US-backed opposition. Experts say that the socialist ruling party has a big chance of winning the vote since the opposition is divided. 

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