"In light of the dramatic protests taking place in Venezuela, it is clear that the Venezuelan people are fed up with the illegitimate regime of Maduro, that did not win the presidency in free and fair elections and clings to power while imprisoning the opposition," declared the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

"In the face of general discontent, Maduro has to go now," added Tajani.

The European Parliament, during next week's plenary session, will discuss the situation in Venezuela and adopt a further urgent resolution on the subject. This is the ninth resolution on the country since the beginning of the legislature. No other country had received this kind of attention.

After having spoken on 9 January, the President of the European Parliament spoke again by telephone with the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, reiterating the support of the European Parliament.

"President Juan Guaidó is the only institutional interlocutor in Venezuela because he is the one who enjoys democratic legitimacy. I am in contact with him and we are following events in Venezuela very closely. We are very concerned with the risks of violence and the repression of the regime in the face of massive protest marches," continued the President of the European Parliament.

"A peaceful transition of power must be prepared through free and credible elections. The European Union and the rest of the international community must provide the means and their experience to accompany this transition, which will result in a return to democracy as soon as possible," concluded President Tajani.

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