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Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Dissolution of the Venezuelan National Assembly

Mar 31, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, made the following statement in response to the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the Venezuelan National Assembly.

“I strongly condemn the decision of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, which Maduro has stacked with people loyal only to him, to dissolve the Venezuelan National Assembly.  This latest development is a blatant violation of the constitution and indicates that Venezuela is no longer a democracy but a dictatorship.  Under Maduro, Venezuela has suffered from a rise in corruption, economic collapse, restrictions of human rights, and a complete degradation of democracy.

It is clear that Cuba is no longer the only country in the region being oppressed by an authoritarian desperate to remain in power with no consideration for rule of law.  Maduro has oppressed the innocent people of Venezuela and allowed crime and corruption to flourish, undermining the stability of the entire region.  The United States, and our neighbors in the region, must continue to condemn Maduro’s regime and work to restore democratic principles and stability to Venezuela.”