Anti-Chavista coalition issues ‘last call’ against Venezuelan democracy

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On Monday, the anti-Chavista Lima group issued a “last call” to the Venezuelan government to suspend the elections scheduled for Sunday.

The Lima Group, which was formed by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru, said that the electoral process is “illegitimate and lacks credibility.”

“The elections were called by an illegitimate authority, without the participation of all Venezuelan political actors, without independent international observation and without the necessary guarantees for a free, fair, transparent and democratic process,” he added.

Authorities from most of the group’s governments met on Monday in Mexico City to discuss the situation in Venezuela and “the worsening political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in that country.”

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President Nicolás Maduro has led Venezuela since winning the elections by a small margin in 2013, and has called on the international community to respect the electoral process. Venezuela has been plunged into the worst crisis in the country’s modern history because of low oil prices and economic subversion and sanctions led by the US and Colombia.

The Lima Group said that it analyzed different scenarios after the elections and identified actions that could be taken collectively or individually in the diplomatic, economic, financial and humanitarian fields, but no other details were provided. This initiative is the latest attempt by Washington’s axis at undermining Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution” initiated by former president Hugo Chavez, which has struggled to stay afloat amidst targeted destabilization campaigns spearheaded by the US. 

 

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