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English/Español: Rubio, Menendez Urge Trump To Recognize Venezuela’s National Assembly As The Only Legitimate Institution

Dec 12, 2018 | Comunicados de Prensa

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today urged President Trump to once again denounce Nicolás Maduro as the illegitimate President of Venezuela and to recognize the National Assembly as the country’s only remaining democratic institution. Under Article 231 of the Venezuelan constitution, “The candidate elected will take possession of the role of President of the Republic on the 10th of January of the first year of its constitutional period, by oath to the National Assembly.” Given the undemocratic and fraudulent elections of May 20, 2018, organized by the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly, starting on January 10, 2019 Venezuela’s democratically elected Congress will assume the leadership of the nation.      
El full text of the letter is below:
Dear Mr. President:
Under the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s 1999 constitution, the country is supposed to inaugurate a democratically-elected president on January 10, 2019.  Article 231 of Venezuela’s constitution states that “[t]he candidate elected will take possession of the role of President of the Republic on the 10th of January of the first year of its constitutional period, by oath to the National Assembly.”  The regime of Nicolás Maduro, however, has turned Venezuela away from the path of democracy and down the path of dictatorship.  We therefore request that you condemn the Maduro regime’s rule as illegitimate, and formally recognize the Venezuelan National Assembly as the only legitimate democratic institution remaining in the country’s national government.
In May 2018, the Maduro regime held fraudulent elections that failed to meet established international standards for a free, fair and transparent electoral process.  These elections were rightly denounced as a sham by the United States and democracies worldwide.  Moreover, Maduro continues to repress and violate the human rights of the Venezuelan people. According to the nongovernmental organization Foro Penal, the Maduro regime has imprisoned 288 political prisoners to date.  Additionally, the regime uses food as a political weapon and means of control, providing what little available sustenance remains only to his party’s supporters and engaging in a forced starvation strategy against the Venezuelan people for coercive purposes that, we believe, amounts to crimes against humanity. 
In support of the Venezuelan people, we introduced the Venezuela Relief, Reconstruction, and Rule of Law Act of 2018 (S. 3486), which unequivocally states that:
It is the sense of Congress that actions taken by the Government of Venezuela that require legislative approval, ratification, or concurrence, including the provision or refinancing of debts, should only be recognized as legitimate by the United States and the international community if such legislative actions are performed by the democratically-elected National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Moreover, S. 3486 declares that it should be the policy of the United States “to recognize the democratically-elected National Assembly of Venezuela as the only legitimate national legislative body in Venezuela.”
We support what the United States has done so far to stand with the Venezuelan people in their struggle against the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro and protect our national security interests in Latin America.  We believe our nation can—and must—do more.  As we approach January 10, 2019, we therefore urge your Administration to formally recognize the National Assembly of Venezuela as the only remaining democratic institution in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s national government.
Washington, D.C. – Los senadores estadounidenses Marco Rubio (R-FL) y Bob Menendez (D-NJ) hoy instaron al presidente Trump a que una vez más denuncie a Nicolás Maduro como presidente ilegítimo de Venezuela y que reconozca a la Asamblea Nacional como la única institución democrática que queda en el país. Según el artículo 231 de la Constitución venezolana, ” El candidato elegido o candidata elegida tomará posesión del cargo de Presidente o Presidenta de la República el diez de enero del primer año de su período constitucional, mediante juramento ante la Asamblea Nacional.” Dado que las elecciones del pasado 20 de mayo del 2018 no fueron democráticas, y fueron organizadas por la fraudulenta Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, a partir del 10 de enero del 2019, el Congreso democráticamente elegido en Venezuela asumirá el liderazgo de la nación.