On January 5, 2010, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a statement on the situation in Venezuela and the re-election of interim President and President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó. The statement "welcomed" the re-election of Guaidó, which took place on the 5th and emphasized the Secretariat's continued recognition of Guaidó and his cabinet "as the legitimate authority of the country." The Secretariat reiterated its "condemnation of the fraudulent attempt to strip Juan Guaidó . . . of his powers" and "demand[ed] that the dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro refrain from acts of violence against the democratic institutions presented by [Guaidó's interim government]."