Four of the five governors elected from opposition parties have been sworn in before Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly President, the president of the assembly Delcy Rodriguez confirmed Monday.
Rodriguez tweeted out that the governors from the opposition Democratic Action party elected on Oct. 15 had been sworn in at the Casa Amarilla of the Foreign Ministry.
The governor of Anzoategui, Antonio Barreto Sira, Ramon Guevara from Merida, Alfredo Diaz from Nueva Esparta and Laidy Gomez from Tachira appeared for the swearing in.
Candidates from Democratic Action won 4 of the 23 states up for grabs during the regional elections, while the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela took 18 states.
The governors elected from the Socialist Party were sworn in on Oct. 15, but the five elected governors from opposition parties decided not to take the oath, amid infighting among sections of the opposition MUD coalition on whether to recognize the Constituent Assembly.
More radical sectors of the MUD have pushed for opposition groups to not recognize the body, which was elected on July 30 to redraft the country's constitution.
Maduro also has said governors who do not subordinate to the ANC will not be able to take up their posts.
Diaz, the governor-elect of Nueva Esparta state, was first among elected opposition politicians to dissent from the position.
In an interview with Noticiero Digital, Diaz warned that if they did not take oath before the Assembly, they could lose their governorships.
"If the only alternative we have left to not give up our spot is to take the oath before the ANC so that they do not arbitrarily take our space, we must do it, I ask you to join us, it is not a matter of bowing our heads, or of giving up," Diaz said.
Monday's actions by the 4 governers was being called a 'set back' for the opposition by international, and prompted a backlash from the group's allies.
"The position of the (MUD) was decided and communicated long ago: to NOT swear before thhe ANC. The Governors who took their oaths split," tweeted Freddy Guevara, a leader from the far-right Popular Will party.
Posición de la Unidad se decidió y comunicó hace tiempo: NO juramentarse ante ANC. Los Gobernadores que se juramentaron se apartaron— Freddy Guevara (@FreddyGuevaraC) October 23, 2017