Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, members of the International Contact Group, express their deep concern about the acts against the democratic and constitutional functioning of the National Assembly on the occasion of the election of the new Board of Directors of the National Assembly. Many lawmakers were prevented by the security forces from entering the National Assembly and from exercising their constitutional rights and responsibilities. Access was also denied to the media.
In this context, the election of Luis Parra cannot be considered legitimate nor democratic.
These events together with the continuous intimidation and reprisals against the members of the National Assembly, democratically elected by the Venezuelan people, further aggravate the crisis, creating more obstacles to the peaceful return to democracy and the rule of law.
We support Juan Guaidó as President of the National Assembly, and reaffirm our commitment to actively support genuine efforts towards a peaceful and democratic resolution of the crisis in Venezuela.