Guaidó affirms that his administration is a tool for democracy

CARACAS.- The president in charge of VenezuelaJuan Guaidódefended the validity of the government interim that he heads by affirming that “it is not a matter of Juan Guaidó”, but that it is about “maintaining an institution that is a fighting tool to achieve democracy”.

“Detachment and empathy must be part of the actions of every political leader. As we have said, this is not a Juan Guaidó issue, it is an issue focused on maintaining an institution that is a fighting tool to achieve democracy” , Guaidó wrote on Twitter hours after he announced that the session of the National Assembly in which the second discussion of the bill to put an end to the interim government would take place was deferred at the discretion of the members of the board of directors of the legitimate Parliament and other deputies that make up that body.

Guaidó recalled that his government has reiterated that the presidency in charge “responds to the interest of Venezuelans”, so “our duty is to propose solutions and work to achieve them.”

The tension in the National Assembly of Venezuela elected in 2015 rose in the last hours after Guaidó postponed the debate scheduled for this Thursday.

The factions of the Acción Democrática, Primero Justicia and Un Nuevo Tiempo parties -main promoters of the elimination of the interim government- claimed that they had not been consulted to postpone the debate and asked that it be carried out. A week ago, these political forces managed to gather 72 votes in favor of the elimination, while Guaidó added 23 votes. A second discussion remains for the decision to be finalized.

Guaidó decided to assume responsibility for postponing the discussion to January 3 as president of the opposition Assembly in “pursuit of the defense of the constitution and the necessary unity in favor of an agreement by Venezuela and the Venezuelans,” according to the argument. Eve on Twitter.

On Thursday, during a virtual public meeting, the faction chiefs of Un Nuevo Tiempo and Primero Justicia, Nora Bracho and Alfonso Marquina, asked Guaidó and the board of directors for an immediate meeting in which the official session would be called for Friday. “We are obliged to respect democratic guarantees… let’s not continue acting like those we criticize so much,” ex-deputy Marquina claimed, referring to Guaidó’s decision, which he called “unilateral.”

The figure of the interim government was created in 2019 by the opposition Assembly that did not recognize the 2018 presidential elections in which Nicolás Maduro elected himself. At that time the interim, assumed by Guaidó, achieved the support of more than 50 countries, including the United States and nations from Latin America and Europe. But as the years went by, international support waned.

The parties that seek the end of the interim government claim that this figure failed in its purpose of achieving a democratic transition and ceasing “the usurpation” of power that they claim from Maduro, whom they label as a “dictator.”

By ending the figure of the interim government, the parties propose the creation of a commission that allows them to continue managing state assets abroad with the ad hoc boards of the Central Bank of Venezuela and the state oil company PDVSA, thus maintaining control of the refinery. Citgo, based in Houston.

Former deputy Bracho advocated on Thursday for a “change of course” with which the assets are preserved and claimed the absence of Citgo’s accountability by Guaidó: “It has been a black box, where we have no information about what happens there “, Held.

Guaidó warned that ending the figure of the interim government could lead to the risk of losing assets that could end up in the hands of Maduro. In this scenario, the United States government, which still recognizes Guaidó, is key.

Brian Nichols, Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said in a recent interview with NTN24 that they will follow the “indications” of the Venezuelan opposition after seeing what form the interim government will take.

“That figure could be modified without changing the rest, but also the existence of the interim government is not the only thing that prevents the Maduro regime from accessing resources, it is a complicated legal situation,” said Nichols.

Former deputy Bracho specified that from the opposition they have held talks with allied governments -without specifying which ones- and that the majority would be willing to support any decision made by the Assembly in 2015 supporting their “fight for democracy.”

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FOUNTAIN: EDITORIAL / With information from AP