“The next election in Venezuela must be to get rid of Maduro”, this was the clear and direct response of the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, when asked what he thinks should be the next electoral event to be held in the country.
“We must look for the conditions to get rid of Maduro in an electoral process. Does a recall work for that? It can be useful; Does the presidential election work? Obviously yes. Now, the Recall (Revocatorio) today in Venezuela evokes 2016 when it was stolen from us arguing that a form of Aragua State had two signatures that according to the dictatorship were false, that is, they invalidated a whole process of more than six million signatures for a form that could to have been planted by the dictatorship.”
This statement was made by the President of the Interim Government during an interview with the Colombian radio station “Blu Radio” this Thursday, November 25th, where he also reiterated that last Sunday, November 21st, there was no election in the country because it lacked the conditions that would allow a real election process, a competitive process; as reflected in the Report of the Election Mission Observers of the European Union.
In the same way, he indicated that Sunday’s results show that “the dictatorship is a minority.”
“They refuse to accept that they are a minority in Barinas, the land not only of (Hugo) Chávez, but of the all the Chávez who had been ruling that state for almost 20 years. It is a bellwether for the dictatorship that is a minority even in a process flawed in its origin, without conditions, very unequal, and unfair. The dictatorship is seen as a minority, without popular support in one of the states that they considered a bastion of Chavismo.”
Objective: decide the route
The President in charge of Venezuela insisted on the urgency of “rebuilding” and “reunifying” the democratic alternative to continue fighting to end the crisis and conflict in the country through fair and free elections.
“It is urgent to rebuild the democratic alternative in Venezuela with obvious wear after years of struggle, of onslaught against a dictatorship from which we have suffered imprisonment, persecution, and exile. The objective is not to decide a leader, what we need to decide is the leadership and the route and for that we have taken important steps such as the recomposition of the Unitary Platform that incorporates not only four parties, but more than ten that will represent us in Mexico in the mediation proposed by the Kingdom of Norway.”
Regarding the proposals of leaders such as María Corina Machado, Antonio Ledezma, Henrique Capriles, among others, he said that “you have to accept the positive to re-legitimize, reorganize and, above all, orient yourself to a solution to the conflict because if something is clear, it is that the majority of Venezuelans want a solution to the conflict.”
Finally, Guaidó indicated that Maduro continues to usurp power because he is a dictator, not because there is no unity in the democratic alternative.
“It is simplistic to reduce the conflict in Venezuela to that there is no Unity; in 2012 we had unity and primaries and we elected a single candidate; In 2015 we swept the national Parliament by obtaining two thirds; we built a parliamentary governance agreement; we built a unique card that the dictatorship took away; we went together to a Recall Referendum in 2016; in 2017 we were in the street protesting; In 2018 we rejected Maduro’s fraud for which he is considered a dictator today, and additionally today I am recognized as the President in Charge because in 2019 we were united to confront the dictatorship with our Constitution.”