Antiguan PM Blasts OAS Secretary-General for Anti-Venezuela Stance

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At least one CARICOM head of government is blasting the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, OAS, Luis Almagro, for recognizing Venezuela’s Opposition Leader as president of the South American country.

Venezuela has been plunged into turmoil and its Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó, has declared himself the interim president.

The OAS Secretary General joins several countries including the United States, Canada and CARICOM states like Haiti and the Bahamas, in recognizing Mr Guaido as the leader. But, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, says the move is a brazen act which violates democracy.

The Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, says political leaders should understand that their positions on certain matters have consequences for other States. He says the OAS Secretary General is supporting a leader who has no mandate to represent the people of Venezuela.

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Prime Minister Browne says the Venezuelan people are suffering. But, he says sanctions on Venezuela from the United States, is partly to blame.

The Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister also says he’s concerned that if the situation in Venezuela deteriorates any further and there is military intervention, the entire region could suffer from the fallout.

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It’s why Prime Minister Browne is calling on other countries to note the position CARICOM has taken on the matter.

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Last evening, CARICOM announced it held an emergency meeting on the situation unfolding in Venezuela.

The Regional bloc agreed to reaffirm its position of non-interference, non-intervention in the affairs of States and respect for sovereignty and human rights.

CARICOM also said it’s seeking the assistance of the United Nations to help resolve the issues plaguing the Spanish-speaking country.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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