By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 3/29/19
Juan Guaido, the President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, has been banned from running for any public office within the country. The decision that was officially enacted by the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, states that for fifteen years, Guaido who was recognized as the interim president of the country by over fifty nations including the United States, is banned from running for office.
Guiado was recognized as the Interim President of Venezuela until a new election could be held, as only Maduro, who was running for reelection, was allowed to campaign and advertise himself. In addition to that, numerous claims suggested that Maduro altered votes and numbers to help him get elected once again. In total, many central and Southern American countries, including the United States, didn’t recognize Maduro as President.
In a call with CNN, a spokesperson for Guaido argued that only the country’s judiciary to carry out such a decision, and that Guaido should still be allowed to run for public office. The enforcement of the ban against Guiado has drawn criticism from numerous first world nations, arguing that Venezuela is once again showing its true colors as a dictatorship.
Sources and Pictures: CNN, Wikimedia Commons, Wall Street Journal