The former president of the government and president of the FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has expressed his "full recognition to Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela". “The entire international community should recognise him and initiate a democratic process for the restoration of fundamental freedoms, democratic guarantees and a stable, safe and prosperous regime for Venezuelans” added Aznar, for whom “Spain is obliged to take the lead, set a position and make it common in the European Union”.
Read Jose María Aznar’s full statement:
"I want to express my full recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela. I had the opportunity to tell him last Friday and I was hoping that this decision would come about. The entire international community, which is already beginning to react, must recognize Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela and set in motion a process that will ultimately lead to the re-establishment of fundamental freedoms, democratic guarantees and a stable, secure and prosperous regime for Venezuelans.
Spain has an obligation, it cannot crawl as it is doing right now. Spain has to take the initiative, it has to have a position, maintain it and make it common to the European Union.
Unfortunately, this has not been the case and Spain is lagging behind when it should be ahead, not only in the European Union, but also in the dialogue with the United States and with all the Latin American countries that have already expressed their recognition of the new interim president of Venezuela.
Pedro Sánchez's attitude is that of a government without criteria or authority to adopt a common position in the EU. To say that it is necessary to call for elections, as the government of Spain and the European Union have done, is fine, but they should also say who is calling the elections. In order to recognise that Juan Guaidó is the one going to call the elections, it is necessary to recognise him as the legitimate president. If the Spanish government is not going to do so, they better just say that they do not want to do anything, and that it is better that dictator Maduro continues as Venezuela's Head of State.
International intervention is already taking place. Spain must hold a position of its own, which must be to support Guaidó with all its implications and recognize him as legitimate interim president. Spain must take all the necessary action, bilaterally and within the EU framework, and reach an agreement with the United States, Canada and all the Latin American countries that have declared themselves, with the exception of Mexico, in favour of Juan Guaidó, instead of continue dragging the Spanish position in a deplorable way".
Regarding the statements of Podemos leaders, he has said that they are "those of someone who supports dictatorships".