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"We defend Venezuela's democracry because we love it, we respect it," Assembly President Diosdado Cabello said.
Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) is rejecting the Lima Group’s interference in Bolivarian nation’s political affairs, state officials said from the Legislative Palace headquarters Tuesday.
ANC president, Diosdado Cabello denounced the interventionist attitude exhibited by both the Lima Group and its member countries which attempts to “alter the constitutional order and peace of our country and region.”
On Friday, 13 of the 14 member countries of the Lima Group, except Mexico, signed a declaration in Lima, Peru's capital, urging Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to serve another term starting from Jan. 10 due to his government's alleged violations of democracy.
The Lima Group questioned the validity of the Venezuelan presidential elections in May that saw Maduro win a resounding victory over opposition candidate Henri Falcon.
Cabello refuted these attempts, saying that the Lima Group, "mistakenly believes and out of any constitutional rule that they may appoint the president of Venezuela."
"Articles 347, 348 and 349 and 234 of the Bolivarian Constitution of Venezuela expresses that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela governs with firmness, wisdom, and democracy the people’s values of self-determination and freedom to exercise of their duties and rights," said ANC president, Diosdado Cabello.
The Bolivarian official went on to say that the Maduro administration “does not care if Colombian President Ivan Duque tries to intervene against national sovereignty."
"We defend it because we love it, we respect it. The right does not understand that Venezuela commands the Venezuelan people," he said, adding that “no opposition group can negotiate our territory.”