The United States on Tuesday proposed a new plan for the “transition” to democracy in Venezuela and the “withdrawal” of economic sanctions, through a “transition government” that includes representatives of the current president, Nicolás Maduro, and the leader opposition, Juan Guaidó, and the celebration of “free and fair elections”.
“This plan proposes that both Maduro, the former president who has clung to power, and Juan Guaidó, the interim president, step aside so that members elected in the National Assembly of both parties can create a Council of State that serve as a transitional government, to organize free and fair presidential elections, “said Elliott Abrams, head of the State Department for Venezuela, in an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Abrams added that “if the necessary conditions are met,” the government of President Donald Trump is “prepared to withdraw the economic sanctions” imposed on Caracas.
“The USA does not endorse any particular political party in Venezuela. We support a return to democracy and believe that all parties, including the party of the regime, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) should be able to compete on a level playing field in a free and fair election, “added the US official.
If the “necessary conditions” were achieved, Abrams showed Washington’s willingness “to work with all Venezuelans and other nations and withdraw sanctions.”
The Trump Administration’s announcement comes less than a week after its Justice Department announced charges against Nicolás Maduro and 14 other Chavismo figures, as well as two dissidents from the former FARC guerilla for drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism.
In an attempt to economically drown the Maduro government, the United States sanctioned more than a year ago the state oil company PDVSA, the main source of foreign exchange for Venezuela, and since then has pressured and threatened sanctions against countries and companies around the world. to end their oil business with Caracas.