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Online Event: Responding to Venezuela's Parliamentary Elections

December 7, 2020 • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EST

What will the international community's support for the Venezuelan Interim Government look like after January 5th, 2021?

On December 6th, the Maduro regime will hold National Assembly elections despite lacking adequate electoral conditions. Though many countries will not recognize the results of these elections, the regime is nevertheless expected to replace the current opposition-led National Assembly with the newly elected legislators on January 5th.

In the wake of these elections, the international community will have two important decisions to make. States will decide whether and how to uphold the legitimacy of the Venezuelan interim government, which derives its legitimacy from the current National Assembly. States will also decide whether and how to continue recognizing the 2015-2020 National Assembly, which could have its mandate extended if there is no legitimately elected legislature to take its place. These decisions will impact the Interim Government's representation abroad, determining the extent to which the Venezuelan opposition can continue to safeguard external assets, protect Venezuela’s resources, oversee humanitarian assistance, denounce human rights violations, and facilitate a peaceful democratic transition.

Please join the CSIS Future of Venezuela Initiative for a livestream panel discussion.

This event is made possible by general contributions to CSIS

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Moises Rendon
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cuba and Venezuela, U.S. Department of State

Michael Grant

Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas, Global Affairs Canada