Thursday, February 27, 2020

Venezuela rejects coup accusations

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela on Friday rejected accusations that a Supreme Court move to seize the powers of the opposition-majority legislature amounted to a coup, lashing out at its critics as “imperialists.”

International condemnation poured in after the high court’s decision late Wednesday, which effectively dissolved the legislature and tightened socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power.

The United States, the European Union, the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) and a host of Latin American countries all condemned the move.

Venezuela accused its neighbours of being beholden to the United States, which Maduro accuses of plotting to oust him.

 

“Venezuela repudiates this onslaught by intolerant, right-wing and pro-imperialist governments in Latin America under the orders of the US State Department,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“It is false that there has been a coup d’etat in Venezuela. On the contrary, its institutions have adopted corrective legal measures to halt the deviant, coup-mongering actions of opposition lawmakers.”

Condemnation meanwhile continued to pile on Friday.

Colombia and Spain became the latest to oppose the court’s move, joining Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile and others.

Colombia recalled its ambassador to Venezuela, while Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned on Twitter that “when you break the division of powers, you break democracy.”

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro called for the regional organisation’s permanent council to hold crisis talks on the situation.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also voiced “grave concern.”

“The separation of powers is essential for democracy to function, and keeping democratic spaces open is essential to ensure human rights are protected,” he said in a statement.

1 COMMENT

Comments are closed.

TRENDING

Man With Illegal Gun Accused Of Attacking Cop In Rodney Bay Night Club

A Corinth man who was held with an illegal gun and ammunition in a Rodney Bay night club and allegedly attacked a police officer...

Body Found In Castries Market Identified

The body of a young male found early Tuesday morning in the Castries Market has been identified, police say. According to a law enforcement official,...

Police Suspect Arson In Blue Waters Truck Fire

Saint Lucia police say one man is assisting them in their investigation into a suspected case of arson, involving a Blue Waters truck fire. The...

Cruise Ship Skips Saint Lucia After Some Passengers Barred

A cruise vessel decided to skip Saint Lucia Wednesday, after health authorities here barred some passengers from disembarking, it has been reported. But Saint Lucia...
St. Lucia Police Probe Suspected HomicideRead