The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) yesterday approved a resolution that opens the door to the suspension of Venezuela from the organization and that does not recognize the legitimacy of the May 20 elections, in which Nicolás Maduro was re-elected as president.
The resolution, the most forceful gesture of the OAS against Maduro, was approved yesterday with 19 votes during the General Assembly of the OAS, the most important meeting of the organization, which concluded yesterday.
The vote was voiced with the abstention of 11 countries among which traditional allies of the government of Nicolás Maduro, such as Nicaragua, while four other nations voted against.
This is the first time that a resolution on the Venezuelan crisis has been approved in a General Assembly, a topic that already centered the previous OAS General Assembly in Cancun (Mexico), but that ended without a condemnatory declaration because, at the last moment, the Caribbean supported Venezuela.
The resolution passed was promoted by the United States and the 14 countries of the Lima Group, a block that accounts for more than 90% of the American population: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico , Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia.
Fifteen countries voted in favor of the resolution, adding the Dominican Republic (traditional ally of Venezuela), as well as the Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados, three Caribbean countries that had previously voted in favor of pronouncements on Venezuela in the OAS. The resolution needed 18 votes to be approved and won the support of 19 countries. 15 countries voted in favor of the resolution, a group that was joined by the Dominican Republic (traditional ally of Venezuela), as well as the Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados, three Caribbean countries that They had previously voted in favor of pronouncements on Venezuela in the OAS. The resolution needed 18 votes to be approved and got the support of 19 countries.