Guaidó affirms that the government will dissolve the Congress

The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, has accused the government of a "new madness", alleging that he plans to dissolve the National Assembly, convened by the opposition, and call early parliamentary elections.

The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, has accused the government of a "new madness", alleging that he plans to dissolve the National Assembly, convened by the opposition, and call early parliamentary elections.

CARACAS

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will not participate in any anticipated legislative election that is convened by the president or the public powers he controls, opposition leader Juan Guaidó told The Associated Press.

In an interview with AP, Guaido said Friday that "we are not willing to go any farce" if the official National Constituent Assembly calls for legislative elections with the current National Electoral Council, which controls the government, and the same electoral registry.

The president of the Constituent, Diosdado Cabello, said this week that he liked January 5, 2020 to conduct the elections of the National Assembly, and called on government supporters to prepare for that consultation that, he said, would be before 31 December of next year.

The 36-year-old opposition leader said that if the ruling party insists on the advancement of legislative elections under the same conditions that made the 2018 presidential election "it would be much worse for the regime to try to make fun again of the people of Venezuela and the world of that way".

The opposition coalition did not participate in the presidential elections of May 2018 in which Maduro achieved the re-election and considered that process an “electoral farce”.

The Congress, with an opposition majority, concludes its five-year term at the end of 2020. Legislative elections in Venezuela usually take place at the end of the year, shortly before the end of the last session.

Given the possibility that the opposition does not participate in advanced legislative elections, analyst Diego Moya Ocampos said that this decision is no surprise because the opposition does not recognize that free elections can be held in Venezuela at this time.

Moya Ocampos told the AP that if Maduro advances in the advancement of parliamentary elections to change the National Assembly "it would be closing the only institution that the international community recognizes as democratically elected."

Guaidó, who is recognized by the United States and more than fifty countries such as the interim president of Venezuela, admitted that he plans to remain in that position, which he assumed last January 23, even after his term as head of the Assembly ends National next January. “My mandate is to achieve a free choice. That is what article 233 of the constitution says. "

"I am the president in charge of calling a really free election," said the politician, adding that there is a "very powerful unity of cause" in the opposition that will prevent internal conflicts arising over his tenure in the interim presidency of the South American nation.

Regarding the contacts that the United States has had with Maduro government officials for several months, the opposition leader reiterated that he was aware of these dialogues and said that "all the tools are necessary."

"It is part of trying to generate guarantees in all sectors to produce the transition," he said.

Despite the fact that eight months have passed since he assumed the interim presidency of Venezuela and the objectives that were traced of the "cessation of usurpation, transitional government and free elections" have not been achieved, Guaidó is optimistic but admits that " there is no magic solution. "

He added the opposition will continue to work on street pressure, in speaking to the armed forces, in the mediation of Norway, and the different international groups until they achieve the objectives they set out to get Maduro out of power.

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