Countries of the world supported Juan Guaidó as the legitimate President of Venezuela and rejected the violent actions carried out by Nicolas Maduro’s regime against Venezuela’s only democratic and legal institution.
Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), condemned the “acts of violence”, and repudiated any action of usurpation carried out, “contrary to the constitutional legitimacy and the majorities” of the National Assembly.
The government of Iván Duque, described the electoral process of this Sunday as “fraudulent”, indicating that it was developed “without transparency or guarantees”, and therefore will not be recognized by the country.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Colombia, categorically rejects the fact that the legitimately elected deputies have been prevented from accessing the National Assembly’s premises, as well as the independent media,” the Foreign Ministry indicated through its Twitter account.
Antonio Rivas Palacios, Paraguay’s foreign minister, said that Mario Abdo’s government “urges the immediate cessation of all acts of intimidation that impede the exercise of fundamental freedoms perpetrated against the members of the National Assembly and the President-in-Charge Juan Guaidó”. The president used his Twitter account to call for “peace and respect for democracy.
Brazil, on the other hand, accused Nicolas Maduro’s regime of “forcibly preventing legitimate voting” and warned that it will not recognize the result of this “affront to democracy”.
“In Caracas today, Maduro is trying to prevent, by force, the legitimate vote in the National Assembly and the re-election of Juan Guaidó to the presidency of the NA and the interim government, crucial for the re-democratization of the country,” said Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo on his Twitter account.
The Lima Group issued a statement, signed by its member governments, in which they condemned “the use of force by the dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro to prevent the deputies of the National Assembly from freely accessing the session to democratically elect their Board of Directors”.
Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno criticized the “outrage” against legitimate President Juan Guaidó at the gates of the National Parliament and expressed his support for the opposition forces in that country in the face of the “authoritarianism of the regime” of Nicolás Maduro.
“Our solidarity with the democratic forces of our brother country,” Moreno added on Twitter, whose government recognizes Guaidó as the president in charge of Venezuela.
Human Rights Watch executive director José Miguel Vivanco said Maduro illegally seized the National Assembly.
“Maduro took the Assembly by force and prevented opposition deputies and independent journalists from entering, and without a quorum elected one of his own to replace Guaidó. Could it be that the dictator believes that any democratic government will accept this crude farce?” he said through his Twitter account.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft reminded the Venezuelan people that he has the unwavering support of the United States and called Nicolas Maduro a “coward” after he ordered the security forces to block Juan Guaidó.
The government of Costa Rica expressed “its strongest condemnation of Nicolás Maduro’s regime that has violently prevented the entrance of the deputies of the National Assembly to exercise their right of election”.
Luis Lacalle Pou, president-elect of Uruguay, said that the actions of Chavism “constitute a new blow to democratic institutions, demonstrating once again the manoeuvres of Maduro’s regime to centralise power, violating the popular will”.
The first Vice-President of the EPP Group and spokesman for the Spanish delegation of the PP in the European Parliament, Esteban González Pons, stated that he would not recognise any illegitimate delegation of Nicolás Maduro. “The only president we recognise is Juan Guaidó,” he said through his social networks.
François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s foreign minister, called the violence inflicted by Maduro’s dictatorship against legitimate members of the National Assembly “unacceptable”.
“Canada will continue to seek a peaceful return to democracy in Venezuela and will always be on the side of the people of Venezuela and respect for democratic processes and the rule of law,” he said through his Twitter account.
Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile and Portugal reaffirmed their commitment to the democratic cause in Venezuela and rejected the assault on the National Assembly, calling it a “cowardly” action by Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
“Any alleged election held outside the law and democratic norms is unacceptable and constitutes a disregard for the legitimacy of the National Assembly and a violation of the sovereign will of the Venezuelan people,” Portugal said.
Argentina, through its Foreign Minister Felipe Sola, rejected the forced seizure of Parliament and urged Nicolas Maduro’s regime to accept “the exact opposite path. The Assembly must elect its president with total legitimacy”.
For his part, Michael Kozak, acting Undersecretary of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, said that Guaidó “remains as interim president under its constitution.” “The false session of the National Assembly this morning lacked a legal quorum. There was no vote,” he added.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, emphasized his discontent with what he called a great “farce,” where the legitimate deputies of the National Assembly were the first spectators. “Everyone is watching the videos of the troops physically blocking the entrance to Guaidó,” he said through his Twitter account, while accusing Maduro’s dictatorship of “assaulting” the National Assembly.
The European Union issued a statement on Sunday against the democratic and constitutional functioning of the new directive of the Venezuelan Parliament, saying that it is not acceptable that the National Assembly, as the only and recognized legitimate democratic body of Venezuela, has not been able to comply with 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 consequence, the EU continues to recognize Juan Guaidó as the legitimate President of the National Assembly until conditions for a proper voting session can be guaranteed,” it remarked.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, also spoke out, saying his country hopes that Venezuela’s National Assembly can democratically elect its board of directors according to the process established in the constitution. “The legitimate functioning of the legislative branch is an inviolable pillar of democracies,” he said through his Twitter account.