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The OAS Sides with the People of Venezuela

The OAS Sides with the People of Venezuela

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On Thursday, January 10, in Washington, DC, the OAS Everlasting Council lastly had the votes to approve a Decision that “doesn’t acknowledge the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro’s new time period as of January 10, 2019”, and amongst different issues, “calls for brand spanking new presidential elections” to be held in Venezuela with the participation of worldwide observers as guarantors of its equity and transparency.

It was the primary time shortly that this regional neighborhood of states achieved sufficient votes to have a proper doc condemning the Maduro regime authorised on the OAS.  

This transfer by the OAS Everlasting Council, whose Presidency is at present underneath the federal government of El Salvador, alerts the start of the isolation of the Maduro regime from the worldwide neighborhood.

It additionally alerts (lastly) the total assist of the vast majority of the democratic states within the Inter-American system to the Venezuelan folks and democratic establishments within the nation.

Right here’s the record of nominal votes:

Antigua and Barbuda Abstain
Argentina In favor
Barbados Abstain
Belize Abstain
Bolivia In opposition to
Brazil In Favor
Canada In Favor
Chile In Favor
Colombia In Favor
Costa Rica In Favor
Dominica In opposition to
Dominican Republic In Favor
Ecuador In Favor
El Salvador Abstain
Grenada Didn’t take part
Guatemala In favor
Guyana In Favor
Haiti In Favor
Honduras In Favor
Jamaica In Favor
Mexico Abstain
Nicaragua In opposition to
Panama In Favor
Paraguay In Favor
Peru In Favor
St. Kitts and Nevis Abstain
St. Lucia In Favor
St. Vincent and the Grenadines In opposition to
Suriname In opposition to
Bahamas In favor
Trinidad and Tobago Abstain
United States of America In Favor
Uruguay Abstain
Venezuela In opposition to


A complete of 19 international locations voted in favor of approving the Everlasting Council Decision. 6 international locations (the standard suspects) voted towards, and there have been eight international locations that abstained for voting. What may be stated about this?

First, the start of the isolation of the Maduro regime began yesterday. 19 international locations of the area, and an essential quantity of European international locations, including the President of the European Parliament, rejected the illegitimacy of the regime, and have even began slicing diplomatic ties with Venezuela. Paraguay took the lead.

The OAS Decision marks the agenda for the neighborhood of democratic states in assist of the Venezuelan folks, and the situations for the Maduro regime to have any kind of dialogue with fellow nations.

Second, solely 4 international locations of the area had their heads of state attend Maduro’s so-called “swearing-in ceremony”: Cuba, Bolivia, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. We all know the story with Cuba. The representatives of Bolivia and Nicaragua to the OAS, as anticipated, voted with Venezuela towards the  decision whereas their presidents had been with Maduro in Caracas. President Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador additionally joined Maduro, Evo Morales and Daniel Ortega on the “social gathering”, however their consultant, apparently sufficient, abstained from the voting on the OAS.

On Thursday, Sánchez Cerén’s Secretary of Communications was lowering the significance of the president’s journey to Venezuelan in assist of Maduro as a part of the president’s “regular,” day-to-day agenda. Being apologetic about his look in Caracas? He needed to, his assist to Maduro is taking votes away from the FMLN candidate, Hugo Martínez, for the February elections in El Salvador.

As evidenced in newer choices, Ecuador underneath President Moreno did an about-face and voted towards Venezuela. The president defined his causes in a video yesterday.

Three surprises, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, beneficiaries for years of PetroCaribe diplomacy determined to go rogue. They voted in favor of the decision. Does that imply they lastly perceive there are not any extra Petro coming in? And that they now must depend on the USA for monetary assist for his or her economies? If that’s the case, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis didn’t get that memo. Yesterday, as soon as once more, they voted towards democracy and human rights in Venezuela.

The unhappy vote was Mexico’s (aside from Uruguay that doesn’t appear to have it clear the place it stands when it comes to their assist for Almagro, and Venezuelan democracy and respect for human rights).

Mexico had been one of many strategic leaders of the group of nations who had the braveness to convey the dialog about democratic breakdown in Venezuela to the Everlasting Council in 2017. On January 10, Mexico abstained. President López Obrador even licensed his cost d’affaires on the Mexican Embassy in Caracas to attend. A second-level official, sure, however…

Trinidad and Tobago, whose Prime Minister is shut associates with Maduro, was the shock vote. They abstained from the voting. Attention-grabbing.

This time the message coming from the OAS was clear, meridiano pues: “Sufficient with you Maduro.” If Guaidó and the democratic management in Venezuela perceive the message of assist, all of us hope they’ve the braveness to imagine what we’re all demanding from them: actual management. This time with the total assist of the worldwide neighborhood, and at last, with an OAS Decision sealing that assist. APROBADO.


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