The President (E) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, offered a press conference to fix a position on the corruption case uncovered by the news media ArmandoInfo.com , which involves some parliamentarians of the National Assembly.
The president categorically rejected any act of corruption, regardless of where it came from. “I will not allow a few scoundrels to conspire with the regime and take the side of the oppressor,” he said.
“We are different from those who occupy power, we assume (our deeds), we face them and we go head-on up to the last consequences,” said the also president of the National Assembly.
Guaidó highlighted the work of the free press and thanked the journalists of the information portal armando.Info . “The legitimate government and the National Parliament will protect a free and responsible investigation, that in a methodical and firm way, without partisan agendas brings to light what many want to hide”.
Committed to carry this series of investigations to the end, President Guaidó announced the first decisions on this matter:
Declare the invalidity of all documents that have been presented on any investigation that have been issued, regularly or irregularly, by the commission of the Comptroller’s Office or by deputies of parliament that in any way exonerate the company or citizens linked to corruption, and communicate it to relevant international organizations.
2. Declare the immediate intervention and restructuring of the Comptrollership Commission of the National Assembly.
3. Suspend the deputies involved in these accusations from all their responsibilities in parliament.
4. Open an independent and exhaustive investigation of the facts. To guarantee its independence, we propose the participation and oversight of NGOs, such as international transparency, professional associations, independent media and journalists who can contribute to it.
5. Invite the journalists of armando.info to present before parliament the development of this investigation.
6. Communicate to all national and international authorities or organizations in charge of criminal, administrative or financial investigations that no legitimate government official or member of the national parliament has the authorization to issue documents or endorsements of “good conduct” or for related purposes about companies or citizens.
7. Ratify the open call for citizens interested in assuming the position of Comptroller of the Republic.
8. Ask Commissioner Borges and Ambassador Tarre to bring to the next TIAR meeting not only the names and details of those named in this case, but also that additional measures be taken to investigate and prosecute the corrupt.
The Head of State thanked the parties and fractions that decided to separate the aforementioned from their responsibilities. He also invited the accused to collaborate with the investigation and that to refuse to do so is to attack “their honour and the Parliament” which they represent.