The government of Venezuela did not allow the delegation of the European Parliament to enter the country.
“Our passports have been taken and we’re being expelled from Venezuela. Bad manners and the only explanation is Maduro doesn’t want us here,” Esteban Gonzalez Pons, the MEP reported on Twitter.
According to him, a few members of the European People’s Party intended to meet Interim President of Juan Guaido Venezuela.
By the way, when Guaido got to know about happened, he criticized the government and called Nicolas Maduro “usurper” one again.
“We will put all needed pressure to achieve the stop of the usurpation,” Guaido emphasized.
In his turn, Foreign Minister of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza stated that the MPs got the notes about ban of the entry in a few days before their visit.
“We urged the parliamentarians with the conspiracy motives to restraint from the visit and avoid the provocations,” he reported on Twitter.
In May 2018, presidential elections were held in Venezuela. According to the Central Election Commission, 68% of voters voted for the current President Nicolas Maduro. Three times less people voted for his closest rival, the leader of the Progressive Vanguard party.
The opposition stated that numerous violations were reported during the voting, but on January 10, Maduro took the oath of the president office. Most of the countries of the West and Latin America did not recognize elections. Later, the National Assembly of Venezuela recognized Nicolas Maduro as a usurper.
At the same time, in addition to the political swings, there are plenty of other serious problems in Venezuela: in 2016, the country was covered by an energy crisis, in 2017 there was a default, in 2018 the inflation rate reached 82,76% on an annualized basis. Oil production has collapsed one and a half times, prices are growing at a frantic pace, and the national currency, the Bolivar continues to depreciate rapidly, there is a shortage of food. According to various estimates, frpm two to four million people have already left Venezuela.
On January 23, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. He was supported by many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.