MADRID – Government backs Venezuela’s democratic transition

Spain’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Arancha González Laya, offered Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó “full support” on Saturday (25 January) for a democratic transition in the Latin American country, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

González Laya also expressed the “desire” of Spain’s left-wing government coalition to contribute to the convening of democratic elections in the country.

Besides, the Spanish minister also noted the interest of socialist PM Pedro Sánchez to contribute using “all the means at his disposal to generate the conditions for the celebration of a presidential election with guarantees”.

Guaidó’s visit to Spain was controversial after Sánchez decided not to meet him in person, and did not accord him the formal status of “interim president” of Venezuela. 

However, the leader of the Spanish conservative opposition (Partido Popular, Popular Party), Pablo Casado, did meet Guaidó and praised his actions. (

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