On Thursday the President in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, asked the Inter-Parliamentary Union, during the World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, to reject the “parliamentary fraud called on by Maduro’s regime”.
“The way Maduro wants to end the current National Assembly is by usurping its functions by presenting a fraud in December. We ask the Inter-Parliamentary Union to reject the parliamentary fraud called on by Maduro’s regime, to demand conditions for a National Emergency Government, an electoral timetable and an independent arbiter, which would allow free elections to take place”.
In the online meeting, Guaidó denounced that the attacks from the “dictatorship” on the National Assembly and its deputies have continued but have also “deepened”, and as an example he cited the “violent takeover” of the Federal Legislative Palace on January 5th by military and “paramilitary” forces. He also said that Maduro “tried to usurp the directive (of the NA) with corrupt mechanisms”.
He noted that 36 congressmen are currently in prison or in exile as a result of the persecution begun in 2016.
Fight for conditions
The President of the National Assembly said to his peers in the world’s parliaments that the struggle in Venezuela is not for power, but to be able to live with dignity, which will only be achieved in freedom.
He also indicated that it is well known that the Legislative Power is the direct link between the citizen and government power, which is why at this moment the Maduro regime wants to put an end to the NA.
“In Venezuela one of the key principles of any democracy has been damaged: the division, autonomy and balance of powers; and the regime has mainly attacked the Parliament which I preside”.
He indicated that the struggle that is taking place at the moment is for conditions to hold free, fair and verifiable elections. He denounced that the parties have been kidnapped by Maduro figures, and therefore there are no conditions for an election.
“We urge the Inter-Parliamentary world, the Presidents of the world’s parliaments to support a cause that is not of one person, but of an entire nation to regain its dignity. We cannot live with evil, we cannot live with a dictatorship”.
Finally, Guaidó thanked the Inter-Parliamentary Union for its support and solidarity against the attacks on the National Assembly by the regime.