Panamanian government reiterated support for Venezuela National Assembly and the president of that body

Isabel De Saint Malo, Chancellor of Panama. Photo: Foreign Ministry of Panama.
By Elida Moreno

The Panamanian government reiterated its recognition of the National Assembly of Venezuela as an official "legitimate organ of the State" and authority as the country's democratic order is restored through new elections, after the controversial beginning of a new six-year term of Nicolas Maduro, It is according to a statement issued on Saturday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Foreign Ministry said that "the Panamanian government work hand in hand with President of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó, in order to support the South American country in recovering the rule of law ".

Panama also affirmed its position as the Group of Lima on "ignorance of the mandate of Nicolas Maduro, considering that this is a regime that emerges from an electoral process that lacked legitimacy ', highlights the official pronouncement.

"Panama does not recognize this new mandate for not having recognized that electoral process that resulted in this new mandate ...", why they not attended the inauguration of Maduro, He said Panamanian Vice President and Foreign Minister, Isabel De Saint Malo at a press conference a day before it was announced support for the Venezuelan Legislature.

The foreign minister then announced that the government assesses new measures against Venezuela, but that any decision should not affect the population, noting that "all options are on the table".

Panama withdrew the ambassador in Caracas last year and since then only held a charge d'affaires, after a diplomatic standoff sparked between the two countries in the mid 2018 He is sparking inter alia, the temporary cancellation of bilateral air transport.

“If that is going to keep this or that will change is something we continue to evaluate to make a decision ", said official consulted on whether they would break diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

He added that "decisions taken by the Republic of Panama until today are public, you know them, and we reaffirm us all, new and additional decisions may be, which, all, everything is on the table, but I can not anticipate ... ", He held.

The rise to power for another term Maduro up 2025 has been criticized by some countries target considering that the elections in which he was elected in May Gone were not legitimate.

United States pronounces

In the last days, The United States condemned the "illegitimate usurpation of power Maduro", according to an official statement.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said through the document that "the United States will continue to use the full weight of economic and diplomatic power to lobby for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela".

Pompeo reiterated support for the National Assembly of Venezuela as "the only legitimate branch of government duly elected", Noting that it is time for the South American country "begins a transition process that can restore democratic and constitutional order through free elections ...".