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Haiti - Venezuela : Haiti recognizes the self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaidó
27/01/2019 07:57:58

Haiti - Venezuela : Haiti recognizes the self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaidó
On Thursday, 24 January, 24 hours after the Speaker of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, member of the opposition, has proclaimed himself President of the country ad interim, a special meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) was held in Washington at the organization's headquarters, to review the latest developments in Venezuela.

Ambassador Paula María Bertol, Permanent Representative to the OAS, presented a statement endorsing Juan Guaidó, as current acting Venezuelan President. Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Dominican Republic voted in favor of this declaration in the name of "the right of the peoples of the Americas to democracy and the obligation of their governments to promote and defend it, as stated in article 1 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter."

In this context, these countries reaffirmed in this declaration "[...] the illegitimacy of the presidential elections of 20 May 2018 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26627-haiti-flash-haiti-votes-against-the-legitimacy-of-the-regime-of-president-nicolas-maduro.html because they did not have the guarantees necessary to make it a free, fair, transparent, legitimate and credible process, respecting the internationally recognized minimum standards" pursuing "we recognize and express our full support to the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, who assumed the interim presidency of the Republic of Venezuela, in accordance with constitutional rules and considering the illegitimacy of the regime of Nicolas Maduro."

In response, President Nicolas Maduro, who sees the action as a coup led by the United States, broke relations with Washington and gave 72 hours to all American diplomats to leave Venezuela. For its part the European Union asked to listen to the voice of the Venezuelan people and demanded free elections.

However, Maduro is not isolated, he can count on support in the Region of Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Bolivia and Uruguay who rejected this statement and reiterated that the only democratically elected President of Venezuela was Nicolás Maduro, calling for respect of the principle of foreign non-interference in the internal affairs of countries. In addition, Maduro can count on powerful international support like Russia and China but also allies like Iran, Turkey and Syria... all of White House's unpopular support...

Following this official position of Haiti, the Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, Gary Bodeau, declared "In the name of the historical friendship of the Haitian and Venezuelan Peoples and while respecting the sovereignty and therefore the right of the Venezuelan people to settle their problems, I invite the protagonists to take the path of dialogue. It is in the supreme interest and well-being of the country."

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