“It has been a very hard year for Venezuelans, a year of struggle, of building capacities. But it’s also a year of reflection, of owning the mistakes. Today I deeply regret the show promoted by the dictatorship, to blackmail, persecute and threaten a majority,” said Guaidó during his speech after being sworn in as President of the National Assembly.
He also apologized and assumed the mistakes that were made in 2019 for which the usurpation was not stopped last year. “We have to apologize because we take responsibility and we want to correct mistakes,” he added.
The president rejected the coup to the NA by Nicolas Maduro’s regime and recalled that the Venezuelan people voted for those who today occupy the majority in parliament.
“The people of Venezuela are the ones who decide who enters and who does not enter the parliament (…) This parliament is recognized by the world and I am its president,” he said.
Guaidó reminded that the world and the main international organizations recognize him as Interim President of Venezuela. “Today I dare say that a year ago the dictatorship did not think about this kind of scenario. In the consolidation of a regional alliance” that supports democracy and freedom in the country.
“2020 is a second opportunity for Venezuela. Today we have no doubt that we are the majority and that we can exercise it,” he added.
Likewise, the president of the Parliament assured that next Tuesday the ordinary sessions will begin in the Legislative Palace taken today by the security organisms of the regime.
Guaidó called on all sectors and unions in Venezuela to follow the 2020 agenda. “We must make every problem we have visible. We all have a role today and I call on you to exercise it,” he said.
“I can’t waste any more time, Venezuela doesn’t have it anymore. It is to continue and accompany our people,” he said.
“Thank you, for standing firm,” Guaidó said to the deputies of the legitimate NA who did not allow themselves to be bribed. “We are proud to work with you and with all the (parliamentary) factions,” he added.