Saint Lucia votes not to recognise Maduro’s second term as Venezuela president

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(SNO) — Saint Lucia has voted at the Organization of American States (OAS) not to recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new term as president of Venezuela.

The vote was taken last week at a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Maduro was sworn in last Thursday for a second term as Venezuela’s president, despite international criticism that his re-election is illegitimate.

The May 2018 polls, which Maduro said he won, were marred by an opposition boycott and vote-rigging claims.

The European Union (EU) has said it will not recognise Maduro’s presidency.

St. Lucia’s representative at the OAS, Anton Edmunds, said the decision was a difficult one but his country “must at times do the uncomfortable, speak up and act on what we see”.

“While Venezuela has long been a friend of St. Lucia, we are at a loss for words at what we are witness to: a political, economic and humanitarian crisis that threatens us all,” he stated.

He added that the matter was a regional one, and not national or domestic as regarded by some.

The OAS resolution not to recognize Maduro’s second term was presented by Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, the United States, Paraguay and Peru.

It was approved by 19 votes in favour, six against and eight absentions.

The matter has divided the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on its position on the Maduro Administration.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines led a group consisting of Suriname and Dominica, which voted against the resolution.

Jamaica, St. Lucia, The Bahamas, Haiti and Guyana voted for it.

St. Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize and Grenada abstained.

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19 comments

  1. If it weren't for an American oil company, ExxonMobil, Guyana wouldn't have struck oil and tremendous wealth. Guyana will become the Dubai of the Americas, with a tiny population that will transform from illiterate agrarianism villagers to world-class expats and investors.

    Venezuela is a socialist dictatorship which is racist against peoples of European descent. German immigrants who fled Nazi Germany have suffered under the hands of white racist Chavismos. Hugo Chavez used oil monies to hire mercenaries to harass women of European descent while being racist against whites.

    If the Guyana government was to do the correct thing, they would invade Venezuela and get rid of Maduro and kick every Chavez supporter into the Caribbean Sea.

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    • Elyssa,
      Thanks (not!) for your ignorance about Dubai: https://borgenproject.org/10-facts-about-poverty-in-the-united-arab-emirates/. Do you work for ExxonMobil?

      Venezuela is a socialist democracy (and is the only real democracy in the world) whose Bolivarian Revolution broke the stranglehold of the 40 previous years of oligarchic dictatorship under Nazis who were allowed to flee Germany. Ou sans honte, ka parle assou "racist against whites? Blageur!

      How do you expect Guyana to do the bidding of the US who tried regime change before in Venezuela, and were rebuffed by the citizens (not the white oligarchy), who wanted to keep their elected government, with whom they were well-pleased and still are (see Maduro's second term).

      Sounds like you're a minimum wage earner of the CIA - you traitor!

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    • Elyssa,

      Here is another fact your ignorance does not allow you to reveal: https://gulfnews.com/how-to/your-money/richest-1-per-cent-own-over-half-of-uaes-wealth-1.2285345

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    • I agree with you, especially the latter statements however I don't see Guyana becoming as successful because of greed. The rich will get richer and the poor, well, just poorer.

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  2. Which one are you - willfully ignorant or involuntarily ignorant? Understanding of the words overeignity, self-determination
    and independence will help..

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  3. There are only two types of St. Lucians: the willfully ignorant & the involuntarily ignorant.

    There is no other explanation for decades of passive citizenship which has allowed two predatory political parties to take turns blatantly usurping their democratic rights!

    The following snippet taken off the internet tries to explain why Western governments and citizens have lost the plot, and why Venezuela is being victimized by the US:

    "I know that many people here will likely be triggered by Andre Viltchek's article below, but he raises some Politically Incorrect issues that citizens of the (snicker) "democratic" West would rather spin-doctor away.

    Namely, the citizens of the West--especially major imperial predator nations like America, Britain, Canada, and Western Europe--are not so much ignorant of their countries' crimes against humanity but rather *choose* to be ignorant out of self-interest.

    And they choose to be ignorant because their own way of life and economy are based upon maintaining Western imperial dominance of the planet--and the crimes required to maintain this dominance.

    This contradicts the self-serving alibis that many American/Western apologists peddle that Western citizens are innocent and only the elites are guilty--or even more laughably, that Western citizens are "victims" themselves.

    No, the morally bankrupt Euro/American elites are only a reflection of the morally bankrupt Euro/American [and WANNABEs] people themselves.

    They are ALL guilty.

    This is the Gorilla-in-the-Living Room issue that most people--including supposed Alternative Media(TM)--seek to obfuscate.

    Indeed, the more these Euro/Americans sanctimoniously run their collective mouths about their cherished civilizational lies like Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights, the Rule of Law, blah, blah, blah ... the more the Euro/Americans rape, loot, and colonize the world.

    That's not a coincidence.

    The ideologies of Freedom and Democracy in reality exist as propaganda deceptions to justify Euro-American plunder and pillage.

    Freedom and Democracy are the 21st century ideological version of the White Man's Burden--the newest mask of Euro-American (neo)colonial exploitation and genocide.

    Western Crusaders of the past often invoked Christianity to justify their wars of aggression and colonial pillage.

    Today, Western neo-Crusaders invoke Liberal Democracy and Human Rights.

    from: Western Public “Does Not Know”, or “Does Not Want to Know”?
    https://journal-neo.org/2018/11/27/western-public-does-not-know-or-does-not-want-to-know-2/

    "Mostly, the fact is not always that the ‘population in the West is brainwashed’. That would really be quite a good scenario: and something relatively easy to correct.

    The problem is much greater: The inhabitants of the West do not want to know, because deep inside, they do not want the system to change. They don’t want the world order to be modified.

    They intuitively feel that if what is being proposed by Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and other countries were implemented, their personal privileges would vanish. Their countries would become equal to all other countries on earth; they would have to obey international laws, and their people would be forced to work hard for their living. Plundering the planet would be banned. Privileges would stop.

    Therefore, it is better ‘not to know’, not to understand. This way, the ‘pie’, or call it ‘carrot’, would not be lost.

    The ‘ignorance’ in the West, I believe, is subconsciously ‘self-inflicted’. With knowledge, comes responsibility. With responsibility, an obligation to act (because not to act would be clearly immoral). All this could only lead to the loss of privileges.

    The propagandists of the West are very well aware of the situation. I was told by some leading psychologists, that both psychiatrists and psychologists are employed and used in the process of ‘shaping the public opinion’, therefore, working for propaganda-makers. They study and analyze the ‘mood of the public’. They know public’s desires and aspirations.

    All this is not as easy as it appears, is it?

    Sadly, there is a silent (unpronounced and unsigned) agreement between the Western public and its establishment, as well as the corporate world, that the status quo should be maintained at all cost (paid for by “the others”); the West should be controlling the planet, and at least some part of the booty has to be shared among the (Western) masses.

    What they are fighting over on the streets of Paris and other European cities is ‘how big the part of the pie that goes to the pockets of the common European people’ should be. There is absolutely no struggle to end the plunder of the world by the West.

    Unfortunately, the world cannot count at all on the European or North American public for support in the struggle to destroy and end imperialism, neo-colonialism and the continuous deadly plunder.

    It is not because the public in the West ‘doesn’t know’, but because it does everything it can in order not to know. Or if it knows or suspects, it makes sure to act as if it is ignorant. For its own selfish interests. For its own privileges.""

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  4. One of our strongest ally in the world and we abandon them to bend to US geopolitical will while they sanction us for taking care of crime problem.......smh

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  5. Expect no help from Venezuela if Maduro is still in power when the next massive hurricane hits our region - they were one of only a few nations to assist with their military drops.

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  6. We stood up for something right. Proud citizen moment. The others are spineless! The people are dying and suffering over there!!! And for diplomatic reasons you'll gonna stay silent. Such a shame and disgrace to humanity. I am very proud of St.Lucia and the other islands which voted against recognition of him as president.

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    • Meanwhile the party of compulsive beggars are saying that we should have remained silent. Dr. Tennyson Joseph said that we have a policy of refusing to involve in member States internal affairs. But how comes we invaded Grenada? Where was that policy?

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    • Time has a way of evolving today its for me tomorrow for you look how they use to treat us . Venezuela use to sell oil to its Caricom neighbors for next to nothing when many of them were struggling with their economies and oil prices were super high now we have turn our backs on them just to say we have conform to US ideologies a promise is a comfort to a fool don't burn your bridges behind you their might come a day when you might want to return and if we do we better have our knee pads on.

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      • Guyana has a huge debt to pay for ExxonMobil's oil discoveries. If it weren't for the US, Guyana would be a turd hole country whose GDP per capita would struggle to reach past US$4,000.
        By the year 2025, the GDP per capita of Guyana will be transformed to $100,000. Guyanese will become wealthy.

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        • Elyssa,

          How much of the $96,000 per capita gain do you project will actually be in Guyanese pockets?

          Have you ever heard the saying, "It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it?"

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