The International Contact Group expressed concern about the actions taken by Nicolas Maduro’s regime against the majority faction of the deputies in the National Assembly, in an attempt to prevent the election of the new Board of Directors.
Countries such as Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom spoke out about the irregular events in the Venezuelan Parliament.
In a statement, the International Contact Group warned that “the security forces prevented many deputies from gaining access to the National Assembly and from exercising their constitutional rights and responsibilities. Access to the media was also denied.”
“In this context, the election of Luis Parra cannot be considered legitimate or democratic.”
Also, it remarked that “these facts, together with the continuous intimidation and retaliations against members of the National Assembly, democratically elected by the Venezuelan people, further aggravate the crisis, creating more obstacles to the peaceful return to democracy and the rule of law”.
“We support Juan Guaidó as President of the National Assembly, and we reaffirm our commitment to actively support those genuine efforts to achieve a resolution to the crisis in Venezuela,” concluded the International Contact Group’s statement.