The Venezuelan National Assembly on Tuesday - with a majority opposition vote and with the absence of government-supporting lawmakers - approved an accord blaming President Nicolas Maduro for rupturing the constitutional order and the ensuing political, social and economic crisis besetting the country.
"It is agreed to declare the political responsibility of the president ... for the serious rupture of the constitutional and democratic order, the violation of human rights and the devastation of the nation's economic and social bases he has brought about," read the agreement approved by opposition lawmakers.
The accord was approved after the opposition legislators articulated various arguments against Maduro, although their Chavista colleagues refused to participate in the floor debate.
The document also approves ordering the Public Ministry to examine the evidence and issue a ruling on a request for a "pretrial finding against the president."
The pretrial finding would be made, the accord sets forth, due to Maduro's alleged actions that have "led to the destruction of the republican political framework."
The opposition also agreed to continue the investigation into "the possible existence of evidence" sufficient to declare that Maduro has abandoned his responsibilities as president and "ratify the commitment to the restitution of the constitutional order."
Moreover, the lawmakers approved the decision by the opposition to turn to the appropriate international forums "to denounce the violations of human rights ... in which the president ... has had a leading role."
The document also claims that Maduro "has governed since Jan. 14, 2016, thanks to a state of exception declared and prolonged unconstitutionally without the approval of (Congress)."
It also accuses Maduro of "systematically" resorting to the Supreme Constitutional Court to "impede by political means the entry into force of laws approved by (Congress) that would have contributed to resolving the country's problems."
In Venezuela, the National Assembly cannot impeach or remove the president, and - thus - the opposition's move has no apparent legal ramifications.