The European Union issued a statement on the events that occurred this Sunday against the democratic and constitutional functioning of the new directive of the Venezuelan Parliament.
In a statement, the European Union said that it is not acceptable that the National Assembly, as the only legitimate democratic body in Venezuela, has not been able to comply with the mandate it has received from the Venezuelan people.
It recognized Juan Guaidó as the legitimate President of the National Assembly until conditions for a proper voting session are guaranteed.
The following is the full statement:
The events surrounding Sunday’s scheduled election of the President of the National Assembly in Venezuela were marked by serious irregularities and acts against the democratic and constitutional functioning of the National Assembly. Its president, Juan Guaidó, was prevented from holding the session, several opposition legislators were not allowed to enter the National Assembly and press access to the building was also blocked.
It is not acceptable that the National Assembly, as Venezuela’s legitimate democratic body, has been unable to fulfill the mandate it has received from the Venezuelan people.
These irregularities are not compatible with a legitimate electoral process for the President of the National Assembly. They constitute a new step in the deterioration of the Venezuelan crisis. As a result, the EU continues to recognize Juan Guaidó as the legitimate President of the National Assembly until the conditions for a proper voting session can be guaranteed.
Respecting democratic institutions and principles and upholding the rule of law are essential conditions for finding a peaceful and sustainable solution to the crisis in Venezuela for the benefit of its people.
The EU stands ready to support a genuine process towards a peaceful and democratic resolution of the crisis, based on credible and transparent elections. The EU reaffirms its commitment to contribute actively to this objective.