Wednesday, Jun 26

Belgium calls for ‘credible’ elections in Venezuela

Peaceful political process must precipitate elections, foreign minister tells reporters.
26.01.2019 - 10:40

Belgium’s foreign minister on Friday called for “credible” elections in Venezuela.

Didier Reynders told the press at UN headquarters in New York that his country supports Venezuela's National Assembly, saying that a peaceful political process should precipitate elections.

MADURO HAD SLAMMED THE DECISION

Opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself “interim president” Wednesday following mass demonstrations across Venezuela over the country’s economic crisis, invoking a clause in the Venezuelan Constitution. The announcement was followed by a statement from US President Donald Trump recognizing Guaido as the country’s acting president.

Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Paraguay followed suit while Bolivia and Mexico continued to recognize the country’s elected president, Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro slammed Washington’s decision to recognize Guaido, saying his country was cutting off diplomatic relations with the US and giving American diplomats three days to leave the country.