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Parliament ratifies Guaid & oacute; as “president in charge” until Maduro leaves and supports his offer

September 17, 2019

MADRID, Sep. 17 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The National Assembly of Venezuela has ratified on Tuesday Juan Guaidó as “president in charge” of the country until the fall of the Government of Nicolás Maduro, thus extending his mandate beyond 2020, and has supported the proposal that the opposition leader made to ' Chavismo 'in the failed Oslo and Barbados dialogue to settle the political crisis.

Venezuelan deputies have agreed to “ratify the full validity (…) of the legal itinerary outlined by the Statute that governs the Transition to Democracy for the Restoration of the Constitution, giving unrestricted political support to the leadership of Juan Guaidó as president of the Assembly National and as president in charge of Venezuela until the cessation of usurpation occurs. ”

They have also supported the offer launched to Maduro, “which seeks the convening of a free, fair and transparent presidential electoral process, with serious international observation and the free participation of all Venezuelans, for which a new Electoral Power is required (. ..) and a transition government that leads the country to that process.

They have also reiterated their commitment to “fulfill the objective of alleviating the pain of the people of Venezuela, defeating the complex humanitarian crisis and building an electoral process that allows each Venezuelan freely to choose a government for democratic reconstruction.”

Finally, they have once again demanded “the immediate release of political prisoners and respect for parliamentary immunity by the security forces controlled by the regime.”

The Government and Advanced Progressive (AP), Movement To Socialism (MAS), Solutions for Venezuela (SPV) and Cambiemos announced on Monday an agreement to resume the dialogue in Venezuela that already includes concrete pacts for the 'Chavista' deputies to return to Parliament and to renew the National Electoral Council (CNE) with a view to new elections.

These are small parties that became part of the opposition coalition of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) and broke up with it due to internal disagreements. The Advanced Progressive of Henri Falcón, former 'Chavista' who left Maduro and returned as an independent candidate in the 2018 elections, not recognized by the MUD or by much of the international community, stands out.

At the same time that this agreement was known, Guaidó announced in a press conference that in the Oslo and Barbados process – the last attempt at dialogue – he offered Maduro a transitional government in which neither was present to guide the country to a “real” presidential election with a new CNE.

Guaidó reiterated that the format of Oslo and Barbados is “exhausted”, but clarified that the proposal launched then remains “on the table” and urged “all sectors” of the country to “push” for the Government to yield. Thus, he called for “maximum pressure” both inside and outside Venezuela and pointed to the TIAR, the regional agreement with a collective defense clause.