Venezuela denounces US claims to undermine the operation of the National Assembly and its new directive

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela once again denounces before the international community and free peoples of the world, the illegal practice by the dominant elite in the United States of America of applying unilateral coercive measures against Venezuelan public servants in order to interfere and undermine the proper functioning of the country’s democratic institutions.

With the imposition of arbitrary measures against the President of the National Assembly, Luis Parra, elected on Sunday, January 5, 2020, his board and other deputies, all members of opposition parties, the government of Donald Trump intends to hide its evident failure in its attempt to impose a change of government by force and deepens its interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs, to the point of interfering in the exclusive affairs of the Venezuelan Parliament, with the unusual intention of appointing from Washington the authorities of the Venezuelan legislature.

It should be recalled that the decisions of the Venezuelan parliament are sovereign and autonomous with respect to the other public powers of the State. The actions of the members of the parliament are in accordance with Article 201 of the Constitution, which states that they are representatives of the people “not subject to mandates or instructions, but only to their conscience”.

These very serious unilateral actions are contrary to international law and threaten the stability, peace and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects this new American aggression and reaffirms that no foreign pressure will alter the course of independence and the devotion to the sovereign democratic will of its citizens. Venezuela urges the entire international community to protect the sacred principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and to condemn these new attacks on its sovereignty and democratic institutions.

Caracas, January 13th, 2020

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