"We do not recognize the legitimacy of the Maduro government and we are willing to support the decisions taken by the National Assembly, in accordance with the powers it has, as prescribed by the Venezuelan Constitution, one of which is enshrined in Article 233."
Those were the statements released Monday by Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on the complex situation that exists in Venezuela after the second possession of Nicolás Maduro and the decision of the National Assembly of that country to ignore his mandate.
Friday, going to article 233 of that political letter, the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela and called for the formation of a new government and elections. This action has not yet been approved by the Venezuelan legislature, although it requires that all sectors, including the army, put pressure on Maduro's exit from power.
Even if Colombia did not express itself explicitly on this possibility, the words of the foreign minister are a sign to that effect, since Trujillo speaks of recognizing the decisions of the Assembly, also with respect to Article 233, which states that the President of the National Assembly must assume executive power if the elected executive has an absolute absence, to call following presidential elections.
This article states that the President of the Republic will be absent, among others, "his death, his resignation, or his dismissal decreed by the Supreme Court of Justice", as well as "the popular revocation of his mandate".The Foreign Minister also announced, in dialogue with La W, that several countries on the continent will have a meeting to be held this week in the United States to address this situation.
We do not recognize the legitimacy of the Maduro government and are willing to support the decisions taken by the National Assembly
"The Lima Group is in constant communication, at this moment we are defining a meeting to be held this week in Washington, where we would be in the framework of the OSA to analyze the latest developments very carefully". he assured Holmes Trujillo.
On 4 January, the Lima group agreed on measures to prevent senior regime officials from entering the territories of the 13 countries that signed the declaration, preparing lists of natural and legal persons with whom financial and banking institutions should not operate or they must have special due diligence and if necessary, freeze their funds and other assets or economic resources, evaluate loans from international financial organizations to the government of Maduro and suspend military cooperation.