(CNN Spanish) - Rafael Simón Jiménez resigned from the vice presidency of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela. In a press conference broadcast by the state channel, Jiménez - who has been in office for less than two months - argues that he is "more useful in the field of struggle" than in the CNE. He adds that he could not reconcile his political positions with the equanimity demanded by the position for which he had been appointed. In addition, he said that his "belligerent position and his clear opinions" prevent him from being objective, and assured that he feels in a straitjacket in office because from there "he cannot comment."
Jiménez was appointed vice president of the CNE on June 12 by the Supreme Court of Justice and not by the National Assembly, as established by the Constitution. The Judiciary argued that it made the appointments because there was a legislative omission. The Nominations Committee of the National Assembly assures that it worked under the terms of the law and its members questioned the legitimacy and legality of the appointments.
Among the possible substitutes for Rafael Simón Jiménez are Juan Carlos Delpino, Luis Fuenmayor Toro and Leonardo Morales, also appointed by the TSJ.
When asked if he is considering the possibility of launching himself as a deputy, he replied that he did not, but that he did not dislike the idea. During his brief term, Jiménez participated in the boards of directors in which an increase in the number of deputies from 167 to 277 was determined, the electoral schedule was structured and work began on the implementation of biosafety protocols. In a meeting with international media, Jiménez defended these decisions, as well as the reliability and transparency of the governing body of the suffrage in Venezuela.
In 1998, Jiménez was elected deputy of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), which was part of the political bloc that supported the presidential candidacy of Hugo Chávez. In 2002, Jiménez even became the First Vice President of the National Assembly.
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