Nicolás Maduro wielding the Constitution. / Photo: Presidential Press
The Diplomat. 31/07/2017
The Spanish government regretted today that the Government of Venezuela has decided to continue with a constitutional process that “is not accepted by the majority of Venezuelans and violates essential democratic principles”.
In a statement, the Executive of Mariano Rajoy condemned “the acts of violence and repression that have caused numerous deaths in the last hours, in addition to the more than 100 Venezuelans who died in protests generated by the deterioration of the political and economic situation and in favor of democracy in Venezuela”.
According to Spain, “the Assembly resulting from today’s vote does not represent the majority will of Venezuelans, it has no attributions, according to the Constitution, legislative powers that correspond to the National Assembly and is not the solution to the serious problems of political confrontation And humanitarian crisis that devastated the country”.
The Executive announces that it will study the new “additional measures” with its partners of EU and region
“Spain will not recognize a Constituent Assembly that is not the result of a broad national consensus, chosen according to democratic rules of free, equal, direct and secret universal suffrage”, the statement continues. Therefore, the Spanish Government “cannot recognize or validate the legal acts emanating from this Constituent Assembly”.
“The Government of Spain will study along with its partners of the European Union and countries friendly to the region the additional measures that may be effective to promote a restoration of democratic and constitutional institutionality in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”, the statement concludes.