The United States condemns Maduro’s illegitimate usurpation of power in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO

January 10, 2019

Actions Against Venezuela’s Corrupt Regime

The United States condemns Maduro’s illegitimate usurpation of power today following the unfree and unfair elections he imposed on the Venezuelan people on May 20, 2018. The United States remains steadfast in its support of the Venezuelan people and will continue to use the full weight of U.S. economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.

Today, we reiterate our support for Venezuela’s National Assembly, the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people. It is time for Venezuela to begin a transitional process that can restore the constitutional, democratic order by holding free and fair elections that respect the will of the Venezuelan people.

To advance this goal, the United States has taken aggressive action against the Maduro regime and its enablers. Most recently, on January 8, the United States imposed sanctions on seven individuals and 23 entities involved in a corruption scheme to exploit Venezuela’s currency exchange practices. By rigging the system in their favor, these individuals and entities stole more than $2.4 billion as the Venezuelan people starved. We applaud the initiative by the new National Assembly leadership to work with the international community to recover these and other stolen funds and to use them to relieve the suffering of Venezuela’s people. The United States will continue to play an active role towards this end.

We also have implemented and will continue to impose visa revocations and other restrictions for current and former Venezuelan government officials and their family members believed to be responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses, acts of public corruption, and the undermining of democratic governance. We will not allow them to act without consequence or enjoy their ill-gotten gains in the United States – and urge other countries to act likewise.

It is time for Venezuelan leaders to make a choice. We urge those who support this regime, from every day employees getting by on food subsidies to the Venezuelan security forces sworn to support the constitution, to stop enabling repression and corruption and to work with the National Assembly and its duly elected leader, Juan Guaido, in accordance with your constitution on a peaceful return to democracy. The Venezuelan people and the international community will remember and judge your actions. Now is the time to convince the Maduro dictatorship that the moment has arrived for democracy to return to Venezuela.

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EE.UU. no reconoce toma de posesión del «dictador» Maduro

Estados Unidos ha reafirmado que no reconoce la controvertida toma de posesión de Nicolás Maduro para un segundo periodo como presidente de Venezuela, celebrada ayer, y tildó de «dictador» al gobernante.

«Estados Unidos no reconoce la toma de posesión ilegítima del dictador Nicolás Maduro. Su ‘elección’ en mayo de 2018 fue vista internacionalmente como ni libre, ni justa ni creíble», expresó el asesor de Seguridad Nacional de la Casa Blanca, John Bolton, en un comunicado.

Maduro tomó este jueves posesión para un segundo período como presidente de Venezuela en medio de críticas internacionales, lideradas por Estados Unidos y varios países latinoamericanos, sobre la legitimidad de su nuevo mandato.

A su juramento del cargo únicamente acudieron cuatro presidentes de los 19 países latinoamericanos: el de Bolivia, Evo Morales; el de Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel; el de El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén; y el de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega.

En su nota, Bolton argumentó que la Administración del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, apoya a la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela, que consideró la única institución “debidamente elegida por el pueblo venezolano”.

En concreto, la Casa Blanca destacó la «valiente decisión» del jefe de la Asamblea Nacional, Juan Guaidó, que adelantó hoy que intentará, de nuevo, desalojar del poder a Maduro declarando que el gobernante usurpa la Presidencia.

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