The state comptroller Elvis Amoroso has stated that Guaido is to be barred from holding public office for 15 years. Amoroso specified that the reason behind the ban is inconsistencies in his personal financial disclosures and a spending record that does not match his level of income.
According to the comptroller, Guaido has made more than 91 trips out of the country spending some 520 million bolivars.
Contralor General de la República inhabilita políticamente a @jguaido por 15 años— Eugenio G. Martínez (@puzkas) 28 марта 2019 г.
The punishment follows a review of Guaido’s declaration of property that was initiated by the Venezuelan Comptroller General’s Office in February. The probe was carried out in connection with suspicions that the opposition leader, who proclaimed himself president of Venezuela in January, had concealed or forged the data contained in it, and also received money from international and national structures without providing any justification.
Guaido has reportedly rejected the government’s order stripping him of office.
Earlier in March, Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez lashed out at the opposition for pocketing a billion dollars in government funds held in US banks.
On 23 January, Guaido proclaimed himself the interim president. While dozens of countries around the world have followed the US’ example and endorsed Guaido as Venezuela’s interim head, China and Russia, along with many other countries, have voiced their support for Maduro as the country's legitimate president. Mexico and Uruguay, in turn, have declared themselves neutral.