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Venezuelan crisis: MEPs to reaffirm their support for Juan Guaidó 

MEPs are set to condemn the “illegal” election of Luis Parra as new Speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly, in a resolution to be put to the vote on Thursday.

Mr Parra and opposition leader Juan Guaidó both declared themselves new speakers of the Venezuelan National Assembly on Sunday 5 January, triggering another wave of political unrest in the country. A year ago, Mr Guaidó, in his capacity as parliamentary speaker at the time, also declared himself Venezuela’s interim President - a declaration which was supported by almost 60 countries, as well as the European Parliament - after disputing the 2018 re-election of incumbent authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro.

MEPs will discuss the continuous tumultuous situation in Venezuela with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a vote on a resolution on Thursday.

Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (with resolution)

Debate: Tuesday, 14 January

Vote: Thursday, 16 January