Opposition governors consider whether to swear oath to Venezuela's ANC

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-22 11:09:39|Editor: Song Lifang
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CARACAS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The opposition's governors-elect in Venezuela will evaluate swearing an oath before the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) over the weekend, said Laidy Gomez, the fresh winner of the gubernatorial election in the western state of Tachira, on Saturday.

"We must evaluate the positions of civil society who came to express their opinions," the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) winner told a press conference in addressing the controversy created when the five victorious MUD candidates refused to swear an oath to the National Constituent Assembly (ANC).

President Nicolas Maduro had stated before the election that all winners would have to swear to obey the ANC, and those who did not would not be allowed to take their seats.

Maduro was echoed Saturday by ANC President Delcy Rodriguez, who was quoted as saying that "they must swear an oath before the ANC to take on their state legislative functions."

The MUD categorically rejected the idea as it has always maintained that the new legislative ANC was an unconstitutional body, which was elected to replace the National Assembly, where the opposition holds a majority.

Four of the five opposition winners belong to the Democratic Action (AD) party, a member party of the MUD. AD's president, Henry Ramos Allup, has said the candidates can decide for themselves whether to take the oath or not.

The 18 winning governors from the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) swore an oath on Wednesday during a special session of the ANC.