González Laya asks to “listen” to Zapatero about the situation in Venezuela


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The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, refused on Tuesday to criticize the former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for his open support for the electoral farce of last Sunday with which Chavismo will take over the National Assembly, the last democratic stronghold that remains so far out of its control. On the contrary, in an interview with the Ser network, the head of Spanish diplomacy said she respects Rodríguez Zapatero “very much” and that we must “listen carefully” to the former head of government when he says that two years after the last elections “ the situation has not improved “in Venezuela. “What’s more,” he added, “the political problem has become entrenched and the humanitarian crisis has worsened. Then we are going to have to do something ».

Rodríguez Zapatero, who ruled between 2004 and 2011, appeared last Sunday in Caracas as an alleged electoral observer at the invitation of the regime and from there he showed his clear support for Maduro’s call to the polls, in his opinion “the beginning of a path so that things improve in Venezuela. In addition, the former president of the Spanish Executive called on the European Union to “reflect” on the sanctions imposed on Chavista leaders and criticized opponents for defending abstention in what they consider to be a fraudulent process.

The interim president of Venezuela and visible head of the opposition to Maduro, Juan Guaidó, came to describe Zapatero on Monday as an “accomplice” of the Venezuelan president, whom he branded a “human rights violator”, “murderer of children” and “mass murderer.”

“Doesn’t bother the EU”

However, González Laya maintained that the message of the former socialist leader “neither interferes nor bothers the European Union.” In any case, he specified that he does not speak on behalf of the Spanish State, but on his own behalf. “I respect his word, but he speaks in an individual and personal capacity,” he said.

The EU has not recognized the result of the elections organized by Maduro due to the lack of “respect for political pluralism” and the “disqualification and persecution of opposition leaders,” according to a statement. Instead, the community bloc called for the holding of “credible, inclusive and transparent” legislative and presidential elections, according to Efe. Along these lines, the High Representative for Foreign Policy, the Spanish Josep BorrellHe assured that the EU will not recognize the National Assembly that comes out of this vote on January 5. As expected, the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV) will have an overwhelming majority in the new chamber, while the rest of the 277 seats will go to candidates who claimed to be “opponents” but who have lent themselves to mounting the regime.

Minister González Laya speaks with High Representative Josep Borrell in Brussels
Minister González Laya speaks with High Representative Josep Borrell in Brussels – Reuters

With the 27 members of the EU, there are about fifty countries that do not recognize the results. A document signed by 16 countries on the American continent indicates that the vote lacked “legitimacy.” They support the writing Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, The Savior, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic Y St. Lucia.

The US recognizes Guaidó

Likewise the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, urged to condemn “the farce” Chavista and support Juan Guaidó. The president-elect, Joe Biden, has not officially ruled, although, as published by ABC, citing two people with knowledge of the internal discussions of the transition team, it will continue to recognize the majority opposition Assembly and Guaidó as president in charge.

Only some of Maduro’s most loyal allies, such as Cuba Y Russia, have expressed their support for the vote. The president and the leader of the Communist Party of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Y Raul Castro, respectively, congratulated the Chavista bloc for its “victory”, while the Moscow Foreign spokeswoman, Maria Zajárova, defended that the new Assembly has been “legally elected.” Until yesterday, other countries like Mexico, Argentina Y Bolivia they were silent.

The Venezuelans themselves turned their backs on the convocation with their abstention. According to official data, there was only 31% participation, which the Fraud Observatory established by the opposition reduces to just over 18%.

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