Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Condemns Maduro Court for Seizing Power of National Assembly

Mar 30, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement in response to further degradation of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela.

“The Maduro regime’s corruption of Venezuela’s judiciary to once again ignore the will of the Venezuelan people and sideline the National Assembly is another shameful assault on democracy and the rule of law.  An independent judiciary and representation in government are essential to a democracy.  In further degrading them by taking away the National Assembly’s power and placing it in the hands of a corrupted court, the Maduro regime takes another step toward tyranny.

“While the Venezuelan people endure escalating shortages, inflation, corruption, and crime, the Maduro regime seeks to seize evermore power.  Democracies in the region must demand a restoration of democracy, including a fair, independent judiciary, free expression, and democratically-elected leadership, and must push for an end to Venezuela’s rapid descent into authoritarianism.”