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Venezuela’s Ally Bolivia Cancels OAS Meeting on Maduro Coup

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 3, 2017, 3:09 pm
The Bolivian ambassador to the OAS, Diego Pary, chairs the Permanent Council (Flikr).

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The meeting of the Permanent Council (CP) of the OAS scheduled for Monday was suspended due to the Bolivian delegation’s intervention, which was responsible for presiding over the meeting. Until last week, the CP was headed by Belize.

The presidency is exercised successively by the representatives in the alphabetical order of the names in Spanish of their respective countries and the vice-presidency, in identical form, following the inverse alphabetical order. They exercise their functions for a period of three months that automatically begin on the first day of the months of January, April, July, and October.

OAS meeting on Venezuela suspended today, Monday 04/03/2017. The details on why it was suspended remain unknown.

Without any explanation, the meeting in which the judicial coup d’etat in Venezuela was scheduled to be discussed and where at least 20 countries in the region were expected to help to take action to restore Venezuelan democracy, was canceled.

Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela already joined forces last March 28th to boycott the meeting of the Permanent Council. In one hour, they managed to postpone the vote that would open the way to the discuss the application of the Democratic Charter on Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

 

Peruvian ambassador Ana Rosa Valdivieso reported that the president of the Council, the Bolivian ambassador to the OAS, Diego Pary, has been open to discuss the session, so it is still possible that the meeting will be held today.

The meeting of the Permanent Council, which will be convened by Secretary General of the OAS Luis Almagro, would analyze the recent actions of the Chavez-leaning government and the judiciary that carried out a coup d’etat last week, after the Supreme Court of Justice ( TSJ) tried to usurp the National Assembly’s functions.

The OAS would discuss a draft resolution submitted by thirteen countries to declare the following rulings: “a violation of the constitutional order” and resolve to implement “inter-American mechanisms” for the “preservation of democracy” in Venezuela, in accordance with the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

Source: NTN24

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Wikileaks’ Assange Asks Defeated Ecuador Opposition Leader to Leave Country

By: Karina Martín - Apr 3, 2017, 2:30 pm
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Español Wikileaks founder Julian Assange asked Ecuador's presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso to "leave" the country in a month. "I cordially invite Mr. Lasso to leave Ecuador in the next 30 days (with or without his millions offshore) #AssangeSILassoNO," wrote the Australian on his Twitter account. Read More: Results of Julian Assange's Interrogation to be Delivered to Sweden in December Read More: Ecuador Mediates Interrogation of Julian Assange by Sweden Authorities over Sexual Assault Case Previously, Lasso had promised during his presidential campaign that if he became Rafael Correa's successor he would withdraw support for Assange. "We will tell Mr. Assange to cordially withdraw from the Ecuadorian Embassy in England," said the candidate for the opposition movement CREO-Suma. Howerver, after official election results were announced, declaring the ruling party's candidate, Lenin Moreno, as the winner in the presidential elections, the WikiLeaks founder responded to Lasso's warning with a tweet. https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/848713997302059008 googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The current Ecuadorian government accuses Lasso of holding assets in offshore tax havens. In fact, according to an investigation by the newspaper Página 12, Ecuador's right-wing candidate, owns 50 offshore companies in Panama, Cayman Islands, and Delaware tax havens. Assange, 45, has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than four years to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for two rape accusations filed by former collaborators from his organization. The Australian could also be extradited to the United States, where he would be sentenced to life in prison for posting confidential US documents on his Internet platform about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Assange played a minimal role in Ecuador's closely fought presidential election, but served as a point of interest for the international media, which noted the election's impact on Julian Assange's fate. Assange's lengthy stay at the Ecuadorian embassy has not been without controversy. Reports have emerged of embassy employees who are less than thrilled at the presence of their long-term house guest, and during the US 2016 presidential election, Assange even had his internet access suspended on orders of president Rafael Correa, when he was accused of interfering in the election. Sources: El Nuevo Herald; Actualidad RT; La Capital; Telesur.

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