The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“Canada strongly condemns the illegitimate Maduro regime’s decision to strip interim president Juan Guaidó of the right to hold public office for 15 years.
“Such efforts to sideline the widely and internationally recognized interim president of Venezuela further demonstrate Maduro’s contempt for democracy and the constitutional rights of Venezuelans. Given the regime’s illegitimacy, such an arbitrary decision has no basis in law and Canada does not recognize this declaration by the Maduro regime.
“Canada will keep working with the Lima Group and our international partners as we continue to call for an urgent and peaceful resolution to the crisis in Venezuela.”