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File Number: 190281
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File Number: 190281 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-176-19 Control: County Commission
File Name: JOINING THE UNITED STATE RECOGNIZE JUAN GUAIDO AS AS INTERIM Introduced: 2/1/2019
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/5/2019
Agenda Date: 2/5/2019 Agenda Item Number: 14A1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION JOINING THE UNITED STATES IN RECOGNIZING JUAN GUAIDÓ AS INTERIM PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA
Indexes: VENEZUELA
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
  Daniella Levine Cava, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Eileen Higgins, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Xavier L. Suarez, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 2/5/2019 14A1 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioners Bovo, Levine Cava, Heyman, Higgins, Jordan, Martinez, Monestime, Moss, Sosa, Souto, Suarez, and Chairwoman Edmonson asked to be listed as co-sponsors.

Office of the Chairperson 2/4/2019 Additions

County Attorney 2/1/2019 Assigned Javier Zapata

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION JOINING THE UNITED STATES IN RECOGNIZING JUAN GUAIDÓ AS INTERIM PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA

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WHEREAS, on January 23, 2019, Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela’s legitimately elected National Assembly, declared himself interim president of Venezuela; and
WHEREAS, The United States, along with numerous South American countries and Canada, have declared and recognized Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela; and
WHEREAS, Nicolás Maduro, who was recently sworn in for a six-year term as president of Venezuela following a May 20, 2018 sham election, has been widely denounced by nations and geopolitical entities worldwide, including the United States; and
WHEREAS, Maduro has since severed diplomatic relations with the United States and ordered all United States diplomats to leave Venezuela; and
WHEREAS, like the United States, this Board refuses to recognize Maduro’s illegitimate presidency; and
WHEREAS, the United States and this Board continue to recognize Venezuela’s legitimately elected National Assembly; and
WHEREAS, Venezuela’s constitution states that a presidential vacancy is filled by the head of the national Legislature until new elections occur; and
WHEREAS, this Board has repeatedly taken steps to condemn the actions of the Maduro regime while supporting diplomatic efforts to promote democracy in Venezuela, including: 
* Resolution No. R-253-14, which condemned the Venezuelan government for using violence and intimidation against political opposition and urged the federal government to take immediate diplomatic action;
* Resolution No. R-455-14, which urged the previous administration and the Secretary of Homeland Security to grant temporary protected status to Venezuelan nationals in the United States;
*  Resolution No. R-526-17, which urged the federal government to impose sanctions on officials or persons acting on behalf of the Venezuelan government whom the President determined are responsible for, or complicit in, the commission of serious human rights abuses;
*  Resolution No. R-527-17, which supported House Resolution 259, a federal resolution expressing concern over and condemnation of the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela;
* Resolution No. R-528-17, which supported H.R. 2161, a bill entitled the Venezuelan Refugee Assistance Act, which would allow Venezuelans in the United States to apply for legal permanent resident status;
*  Resolution No. R-530-17, which further condemned the Venezuelan government for using violence and intimidation against political opposition and continued to urge the federal government to take immediate diplomatic action;
*  Resolution No. R-777-17, which urged the federal government and the State of Florida to support economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government;
* Resolution No. R-788-17, which commended the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s sanctioning of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and transmitted further correspondence to President Donald J. Trump; and
* Resolution No. R-556-18, which supported a Presidential Executive Order prohibiting certain financial transactions with the Venezuelan government and condemned the May 20, 2018 sham presidential election in Venezuela; and
* Resolution No. R-88-19, which urged the United States Congress to enact legislation to provide humanitarian relief to the Venezuelan people and advance a constitutional and democratic solution to Venezuela’s political crisis; and
* Resolution No. 90-19, which joined the United States in condemning the inauguration of Nicolas Maduro as President of Venezuela; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to join the United States in recognizing Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Joins the United States in recognizing Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the President of the United States and United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo.



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