The Ambassador to Canada, Orlando Viera-Blanco, assured that the continuity of the Legitimate Government does not involve a political issue but an eminently constitutional one.
“Article 233 of the Constitution provides for the permanence of the President in Charge as long as there are no free, fair and credible elections,” he said, affirming that it is the legal recognition of Guaidó that enables to protect assets, ensure international alliances, and promote the rescue of democracy.
Ambassador Viera-Blanco said that diluting the Interim Government renders without effect a constitutional order recognized by the most solvent democracies in the world, and this prevents Maduro’s regime from disposing of the nation’s assets, taking judicial control of the claims, and freely going to capture the representation the (Venezuelan) State.
“The rescue of democracy, the rule of law, human rights, peace and sovereignty does not depend on a deliberative act but on a normative one,” he said.
The diplomat said that it is the duty of Venezuelans to ensure the validity of the Constitution of the Republic and to disobey illegitimate authorities. He also stressed that articles 25 and 138 of the Constitution emphasize the nullity of those acts derived from any usurped authority that violate the sovereignty and national integrity represented in the individual vote.
“The regional elections do not legitimize the power vacuum generated in the 2018 presidential election. As long as there are no free presidential elections, the interim government remains. The principles of stability and constitutional validity prevail and do not expire by statutory order,” he concluded.