Panama along with the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, and Santa Lucia rejected the detention of the deputy and president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido. In the document expressing the opinion of the member countries of the Lima Group, there is a "strong rejection of any action that affects the physical integrity of the members of the National Assembly of Venezuela, their families and collaborators, and facing any pressure or coercion that prevents the full and normal exercise of its powers as a constitutional body and legitimately elected in Venezuela."
The statement comes after the arrest of the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, by officials of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin), on Sunday morning. Guaido was released by the representatives of the government security body, minutes later.
Panama only recognizes the National Assembly in Venezuela
The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Panama issued a statement this weekend reiterating that this country does not recognize Nicolas Maduro as president of Venezuela. In the text explains: "the Republic of Panama ratifies what was expressed in the Lima Group's declaration, on the lack of recognition of the mandate of Nicolas Maduro, considering that it is a regime that arises from an electoral process that lacked legitimacy."
The statement refers to the Venezuelan legislature as "the legitimate organ of the State and as the official authority as long as the democratic order of the country is restored through the holding of new elections." The Panamanian government will work as an inseparable unit with the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, in order to support the South American country in the Rule of Law recovery."
The official document ends: "The Republic of Panama Government will continue to promote measures aimed at guaranteeing the human rights, freedoms, and democracy demanded by the Venezuelan people. In this sense, the country monitors the situation and works hand in hand with the region and the legitimate authorities in Venezuela to contribute with a political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis solution."