The presence of a person designated by Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela’s representative in the Organization of American States (OAS) has been questioned by the 11 countries that make up the entity.
The Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, spoke about this expression on Wednesday (5). There is a meeting of the member states of the Organization of American States in Lima, Peru.
Nicolás Maduro was re-elected in 2018. However, the opposition did not recognize the legitimacy of this vote. In January 2019, when Maduro was sworn in for a second term, National Assembly leader Juan Guaido declared himself president, as he would be next in line for succession.
Several countries and organizations (including the Organization of American States) have recognized Guaidó as Venezuelan president.
Gustavo Tarre, Guaido’s envoy, took over the Venezuelan presidency.
Self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido has called on the Venezuelan people to take to the streets
Countries that want Guaido’s representative to leave
The countries questioning the existence of the delegate appointed by Guaido are the following:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
Representatives of these countries want to cancel the admission of the permanent representative to the Organization of American States “appointed by the Venezuelan National Assembly in January 2019” (Guaido is the president of the National Assembly).
In order to receive this removal vote, 23 of the 34 active members of the OAS need to support the vote request.
Tari, Guaido’s representative, did not travel to Lima to represent Venezuela at the OAS meeting. Guaido’s office regretted that the issue of credentials meant that the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Venezuela had not been discussed.
The text also calls for the consideration of Venezuela “no longer a member of the Organization of American States on April 27, 2019”. On that day, Venezuela’s deadline to formalize its exit from the Organization of American States, which had been notified by Nicolás Maduro’s government two years earlier, expired.
Almagro denied the completion of the process of Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Organization of American States. He argues that Venezuela could not have left the entity because the country owes money to the Organization of American States. “To leave the organization it is not necessary to spend only two years, but they must be aware of all their obligations,” he said.
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