The Government of Paraguay said Sunday that “it deplores the violent repression exerted by forces of the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro on the deputies of the National Assembly of Venezuela,” which elected Luis Parra as president of the hemicycle in replacement of Juan Guaidó.
Through his chancellor, Antonio Rivas, Paraguay condemned the repression of “the press and other groups and individuals, in order to prevent the election of its new directive.”
“It has once again attempted against the last democratic stronghold in Venezuela and shows once again the intentions of Maduro and his relatives to avoid, at any cost, the development of free and transparent elections within the National Assembly,” said the chancellor in his social account.
And he added that Paraguay “urges the immediate cessation of any intimidating act that prevents the exercise of fundamental freedoms perpetrated against the parliamentarians of the AN and the President in Charge Juan Guaidó.”
Parra, a former member of the First Justice opposition party, was elected president of the Venezuelan Parliament in substitution of Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, including Paraguay, and who today was seeking re-election.
The election took place in a brief debate that neither Guaidó nor a group of opposition deputies reached, which the Police prevented from entering.
The result was described by the Guaidó team as a “blow to Parliament”, since those who elected it did so “without votes or quorum”.
Guaidó visited Paraguay with honors as head of state last year, after Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez met him in February in an attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela from the Colombian border city of Cúcuta.