Enrique Capriles, one of Venezuela’s leading opposition members, has announced he is leaving the coalition.
The former presidential candidate said the move was a protest against the decision of four newly elected opposition governors to pledge allegiance to the constituent assembly.
The Round Table on Democracy (MUD) considers the constituent assembly to be illegitimate.
MUD governors were elected in regional polls this month, in which the government won 18 of 23 countries.
The result of the October 15 election, which MUD said was fraudulent – and President Nicolas Maduro’s insistence that all new governors pay homage to the constituent assembly – caused a rift among members of the opposition coalition.
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On October 24, Henrique Capriles said he would “not be part” of the opposition mud “because it is not unity as a concept or a vision.”
“Only some people catch the bones that are thrown at them,” he said.
Five MUD governors who won seats chose to boycott a previous event in which 18 newly elected socialist governors were sworn in before the constituent assembly.
However, four of them – the governors of Tachira, Merida, Nuevo Esparta and Anzoategi – later changed their position and pledged allegiance, opposing the official position of their coalition.
President Maduro, who described the election result as a victory, said governors who refused to be sworn in by the constituent assembly would not be allowed to take office.
MUD has published what they say is evidence of fraud in the state of Bolivar, where the government candidate was declared the winner after a two-day delay.