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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Lost her Temper at the OAS Permanent Council

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 5, 2017, 4:26 pm
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Delcy Rodriguez: “You should lower your levels of hysteria and insult the Secretary General instead. Venezuela is not under anyone’s command” (Su Noticiero).

EspañolThe Organization of American States (OAS) is currently holding a session of its Permanent Council to discuss the current crisis in Venezuela. Delcy Rodríguez, the Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, made a series of controversial statements which solicited a strong response from Paraguay.

During her speech, Rodríguez claimed that “international organizations harass and seek to intervene in Venezuela while they remain silent about the problems of other nations such as those seen in Paraguay today.” She was referring to the strong protests that have emerged in Paraguay after the senate voted to approve a presidential reelection, which was previously forbidden by the constitution.

The Paraguayan representative, Elisa Ruiz Diaz, made it clear that her country “is subject to scrutiny and there is dialogue between all parties.”

“My country is subject to international scrutiny, unlike your country, and at the moment a dialogue is being carried out between all parties in the country, also unlike your country. So measure your words,” she said.

Venezuela’s Rodríguez replied sharply: “You should reduce your hysteria and insult (OAS) Secretary (General) (Luis) Almagro instead. Venezuela is not under anyone’s command. So I also ask you for respect.”

Rodríguez intervention also demanded that Secretary General Almagro resign, blaming him for “the violence that the opposition has carried out in Venezuela.”

On Monday, April 3, most OAS countries adopted a consensus resolution to apply the organization’s Democratic Charter against Venezuela. The measure came as a response to the Maduro regime’s coup d’état against the National Assembly by means of the Supreme Court, which usurped parliamentary powers arbitrarily.

Rodríguez claimed that the Venezuelan government should apply the Democratic Charter since the opposition, headed by Congressman Freddy Guevara, intends to “overthrow” President Nicolás Maduro by means of the National Assembly. Guevara immediately replied on Twitter:

Tweet: I was informed that Foreign Minister Rodríguez is accusing me and the OAS of wanting to remove the government. Of course I want to! Unlike you, we’ll do it without violence.

Source: Caraota Digital

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

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

Protesters in Ecuador Demand Recount, Warn of Socialist “Dictatorship”

By: Karina Martín - Apr 5, 2017, 3:35 pm
Lasso Fraud

Español Following the announcement of the presidential victory of the ruling party's candidate, Lenin Moreno, the Ecuadorian opposition have protested against the results due to an alleged "electoral fraud." Thousands of citizens, mostly supporters of the Movimiento CREO, have gathered outside the National Electoral Council (CNE), and have remained there since Sunday night, April 2. Read More: Ecuador's Lasso Assures He Will Accept Results of Presidential Election Recount Read More: Moreno Claims Victory over Lasso by Slim Margins, Lasso Campaign Cites Irregularities, Discusses Recount However, on Tuesday, April 4th, the number of demonstrators increased after the ruling party candidate's victory was announced. "Democracy yes, no dictatorship" were part of the slogans that demonstrators shouted out loud. The protests have not only taken place in the country's capital, but also in other cities, including Ambato and Cuenca. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Intersections have been closed by young people setting up campfires and black flags can be seen on the street held by citizens who are dissatisfied with the ruling party's triumph. The recount of votes was requested by the Ecuadorian people after opposition leader Lasso's assertion that there was "fraud" in the published results. Today, Wednesday, April 5th, the opposition candidate from the party Creando Oportunidades (CREO), will present the technical and legal support to prove there was "fraud", along with the director of the CREO, Cesar Monge, and a team of lawyers at the Hilton Colon hotel in Guayaquil. Lasso already warned that he and his team predict that their request will be denied, but said that this would confirm the fraud. "We foresee that they will deny our requests, but the denial of our requests confirms their fraud," he said. According to official data announced last Tuesday by the country's electoral authority, Moreno won by a margin of more than two points. https://twitter.com/vicenteopi/status/849426498201235456 Tweet: Third night watch in Quito. Protest on Eloy Alfaro and Los Shyris Avenues. https://twitter.com/Sergioramos3/status/849491967826427906 Tweet: "Free people, remember the saying: We can acquire liberty, but once it's lost you can't recover it again." https://twitter.com/PattySan2011/status/849419088279502849 Tweet: Hundreds of citizens remain in front of the National Electoral Council. Citizens give speeches about defending electoral results. https://twitter.com/vicenteopi/status/849430100709974016 Tweet: Protest in Quito. Eloy Alfaro and Republica Avenues blocked. Three out of four exit polls had showed Lasso as the winner when polls closed at 5pm, but Moreno ended up winning by a slender margin. Sources: La República; El Universo

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