The National Assembly of Venezuela (unicameral parliament of opposition majority) requested different countries to block the handling of funds and accounts of the Government abroad, in a decree in which it declared the usurpation of the presidency by the head of state, Nicolás Maduro.
In its Twitter account, the National Assembly released the decree in which it agreed “to request the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica , Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, Bulgaria, Russia, China, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the European Union that instruct the regulatory bodies of financial entities to expressly prohibit any management of liquid assets of the Venezuelan State in the accounts accredited in those countries in order to guarantee the protection of the assets of the Venezuelan State for not having the State of Venezuela legal representation before the regulatory entities.”
The parliament also asked the private banks in those countries “the prohibition of the handling of funds, accounts and assets of the Venezuelan State in its financial entities by virtue of protecting the Venezuelan State’s patrimony before the usurpation of the National Executive Power by citizen Nicolás Maduro Moros.”
The Assembly also declared Maduro, who began his second consecutive term of six years on Thursday, the 10th, as he does not recognize as legitimate the elections of May of last year in which the president was elected.
In addition, it approved an amnesty for the military that supports the democratic restoration in the country.
This second mandate of Maduro has not been recognized by several Latin American countries, the US and the European Union, which have asked the president to leave office and have accused him of committing crimes against humanity.
On Tuesday, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that the only solution to the political crisis in Venezuela was to declare the president of the Assembly National, Juan Guaidó, as interim president.
“These past and future days have been and will be decisive for the future of Venezuela, the international community faces a road, the beginning of a new Government under the leadership of interim president Juan Guaidó according to the opinion of the National Assembly today, there is no doubts that this is the only solution,” said Almagro, one of the most critical voices of the continent against Maduro.
Guaidó has said that the parliament is ready to assume the presidency if it receives the support of the people, the armed forces and the international community.
After parliamentary decrees, Maduro warned that those who “mock” the Constitution will face justice, while Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said that the Armed Forces are willing to give their lives to defend the Constitution, and the president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, assured that the organism is authorized to call parliamentary elections if the National Assembly acts in contempt and violating the law.
Translated by JRE/AR