VENEZUELA’S opposition controlled parliament passed a motion accusing socialist President Nicolas Maduro of “abandoning his post” on Monday.
The stunt by the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mud) coalition of right-wing parties came as their hopes of regime change through a presidential recall referendum expired yesterday.
The constitution rules that even a successful plebiscite after that date would merely mean the vice-president would take over.
Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez called the move an offence against the constitution, adding: “They only highlight their impertinence and failure.”
Last week Mr Maduro replaced Aristobulo Isturiz, a popular former teachers’ union leader, as vice-president with social-democrat Tarek el-Aissami.
The Mud began its recall campaign in May, too late to complete the lengthy process in time.
It then staged violent protests in its demand for a referendum, backed by the US State Department and the Washington-based Organisation of American States.