Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement regarding the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s move to dissolve the democratically elected National Assembly:

“With this blatant violation of the constitution, Venezuela sure looks like a full-fledged dictatorship.  I urge regional leaders to unite, both with words and action, to condemn Maduro’s systemic drive to squash all opposition.  Thousands of Venezuelans are in jail simply for their political beliefs and some have been tortured.  President Maduro’s corrupt authoritarianism is destroying the economy and lives of Venezuela’s 30 million citizens, and undermining stability in the hemisphere.”