We condemn the latest act of Maduro’s puppet Elections Committee (CNE) to lay the groundwork for the Maduro regime to illegitimately remain in power without the consent of the Venezuelan people.
The people of Venezuela want real change. The recent decisions by the regime’s puppet CNE and illegitimate TSJ only have one goal: to deny the Venezuelan people their unalienable right to choose their government officials through free and fair democratic elections. The people of Venezuela and the international community will not recognize the outcome of fraudulent processes. All those who actively collaborate in denying the people of Venezuela their democratic and human rights could be held immediately accountable by the international community and should be also held accountable by the Venezuelan people.
There is a path forward for Venezuela: a government of transition that can address the humanitarian crisis and organize free and fair presidential and legislative elections. The United States will continue to stand with the people of Venezuela who want their freedom. We call on all Venezuelans to review and consider the U.S.-proposed Democratic Transition Framework as a roadmap to a peaceful, democratic transition.