The President of Venezuela and of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, made a call to strengthen democracy and institutions in Latin America during his participation in the “First Virtual Dialogue between the Presidents of the Legislative Branches of the Americas: Legislating, representing and exercising political control in the new normality,” held this Monday, June 8th.
“As long as one country in the region suffers a dictatorship with the capacity to generate harm, we will see how it will affect all other nations. We have and must strengthen the mechanisms of interaction between parliaments, this is central because democracy is always at stake”.
He said that this is the task and challenge that have the governments of the region before them, there is also the strengthening of institutions, the separation of powers, but above all, the strengthening of civil society to counterbalance the government of the moment.
He welcomed and congratulated the initiative that included the participation of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro; the Presidents of Inter-Parliamentary Organizations such as Gabriela Cuevas, of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; Jorge Pizarro, of Parlatino; Elizabeth Cabezas, from ParlAmericas; Victor Sousa, from the Andean Parliament; Mónica Fernandez, from Foprel; and Víctor Bisonó, from the Parliamentary Network Acción Global, who sent a very special greeting to Guaidó and the Venezuelans on the struggle to achieve change in Venezuela.
During his speech, the President in charge of the country reminded that Venezuela is living “a dictatorship that usurps functions, and that does not allow the natural counterweight of the Parliament, the natural counterweight to exercise democracy”.
The idea and execution of the “First Virtual Dialogue among the Presidents of the Legislative Branches of the Americas Legislating, Representing and Exercising Political Control in the New Normal” was conducted by the National Assembly of Ecuador and the Presidency of the Latin American and Caribbean Group, with the support of the OAS. The purpose of the dialogue is to strengthen representative democracy in the face of the effects of states of emergency on governance, the exercise of citizenship, and economic security as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The creation of this web space will achieve the realization of a cycle of virtual working groups among the Presidents of the Legislative Branches of the Americas throughout 2020 in order to generate a pluralistic, timely, and rigorous inter-parliamentary dialogue and cooperation to address the complex challenges that the Hemisphere faces and will face as a result of the pandemic.
At the meeting of the “First Virtual Dialogue among the Presidents of the Legislative Branches of the Americas,” Guaidó once again alerted the world to the difficult context in which Venezuelans are facing the COVID-19.
He said that the pandemic arrived in Venezuela in the midst of a Complex Humanitarian Emergency that had seven million people at risk of death and that had also caused the migration of more than five million people, with a health system that was almost non-existent, and with deteriorated or hijacked institutions such as the seat of the Legislative Branch.
“We are facing the virus in the midst of a very difficult context. In the public and private system there are only 300 respirators, for example. There is no fuel because they destroyed the industry. The country with the largest oil reserves in the world today imports gasoline”.
He indicated that this situation also directly affects Latin American countries, because the migratory flow of 5.1 million Venezuelans saturates social services in each of the countries where the diaspora is located. It also makes public spending more expensive, among other consequences.
He also denounced the “direct and indirect financing” that the dictatorship makes to world terrorism through blood gold, with which they have generated a “ecocide” in the south of Venezuela. He warned that this Sunday, June 7th, the plane of the head of the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, Jalifa Haftar, arrived in Venezuela.
“From Venezuela there have been attempts to generate destabilization in some countries of the region. I raise these flags of alert because it has to do with each of the nations of the region.
The President of the NA said that ‘it is not small’ what can be done from the Parliaments, ‘it is not small’ to raise voices in the face of injustice.
Finally, he assured that Venezuelans have resisted the dictatorship, and continue to demand a truly free presidential elections to respond to the Complex Humanitarian Emergency and the political, economic and social crisis.