With the urgency to pave the way to convene presidential elections as quickly as possible without violating the constitution, the National Assembly led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó Tuesday passed a law that governs the "political transition" as the government of Nicolás Maduro would decide. .
This decision was taken on the eve of a meeting on Venezuela scheduled this Thursday in Montevideo (Uruguay) to come to a negotiated solution to the crisis. The first meeting of the international contact group on Venezuela will be held in the capital of Uruguay, with the participation of the European Union and eight of its Member States (Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom), together with Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay.
The new standard, approved by the opposition majority in the National Assembly, stipulates that presidential elections will be held as soon as circumstances permit, within a maximum period of 12 months after the installation of the transitional government and after the appointment of new members. of the other forces.
Guaidó declared Venezuela's interim president on 23 January and argued that Maduro took his second term after an illegal election. Maduro claims that he is elected according to the law and accuses the United States, the European Union and most Latin American countries of orchestrating a coup d'état.
The debate in the Venezuelan Parliament came a day after more than two dozen countries of the European Union, led by Germany, Spain, France and Great Britain, publicly supported by Guaidó after the end of Maduro's ultimatum to hold elections . Maduro announced in a press release that he will review relations with those countries.
The lawmakers of the opposition also raised the need to set up a new National Electoral Council, which currently consists of five directors, four of whom are seen as partial to the government by many Venezuelans.
The national meeting also discussed the access of humanitarian aid to the country. The Legislative Party is preparing to receive the first shipments that will enter via the Colombian city of Cúcuta and along the border with Brazil before the rejection of Maduro and the Supreme Court of Justice. The highest court, controlled by the government, stated that the initiative of opposition lawmakers to admit international aid is against the laws and the constitution.