Three of four major opposition groups backed the bill to remove opposition leader Juan Guaido and create a five-member commission to manage foreign assets.

Venezuela’s opposition national assembly has voted to remove “interim President” Juan Guaido, dissolve his government and appoint a commission to govern the country’s foreign assets

as lawmakers seek a united front ahead of elections slated for 2024. The vote, which came in an online session on Friday, reflects a changing balance of power within the opposition,

which is trying to find new ways to connect with voters ahead of the nation’s 2024 presidential election and defeat left-wing leader Nicolas Maduro.

The article eliminating the “interim government” and the article creating the assets commission passed with 72 votes in favour, 29 against and 8 abstentions.

Three of four major opposition groups – Justice First, Democratic Action and A New Era – backed the bill to remove Guaido and create the five-member commission to manage foreign assets,

especially United States-based refiner Citgo, a subsidiary of state-owned oil company PDVSA. Guaido has been the public face of Venezuela’s fractious opposition since 2019