All countries must condemn the holding of parliamentary elections in Venezuela and support opposition leader Juan Guaido, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
The international community cannot allow Maduro, who is in power illegitimately because he stole the 2018 election, to gain from stealing a second election. We urge all countries committed to democracy to join us in condemning the December 6 farce and supporting the legitimate National Assembly and Interim President moving forward. Neither Maduro nor a new, fraudulently elected National Assembly will represent the legitimate voice of the Venezuelan people, which should be expressed through free and fair presidential elections, Pompeo said in a statement.
The US will continue to recognize Interim President Guaido and the legitimate National Assembly, he stressed.
Elections to the National Assembly of Venezuela took place on December 6. More than 100 political parties and associations applied for seats in it. The opposition bloc, which includes the party of former speaker Juan Guaido, has refused to participate in this struggle.