Saint Lucia wants new elections in Venezuela

By SNO Staff

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Sarah Flood-Beaubrun (left) and Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro

(SNO) — As the political crisis in Venezuela continues unabated, Saint Lucia has stated that only Venezuelans should determine their future through new elections.

Speaking to reporters outside parliament on Tuesday, Minister responsible for External Affairs, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, stressed the importance of new elections in the Spanish-speaking South American country.

“There is an issue in Venezuela which cannot continue in its present way,” she stated. “And clearly what is important is for there to be elections which the people regard as free and democratic.”

Maduro was sworn in recently for a second term as Venezuela’s president, despite an opposition boycott and international criticism that it was illegitimate.

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

The situation worsened when Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself as interim president, a move that was quickly recognized by the United States and other nations.

Only a handful but powerful group of nations, such as Russia, Turkey and China, continue to recognize Maduro.

Saint Lucia has already stated that it does not recognize the legitimacy of Maduro’s presidency but diplomatic relations with Venezuela continues.

Flood-Beaubrun said that elections is the only thing, in Saint Lucia’s view, that will resolve the situation which she described as “untenable”.

“And so that is what we continue to maintain that we would like to continue to see the region as a place of peace, that we would like to see the democratic order restored, we would like to see the people of Venezuela’s lives to be normalized as quickly as possible,” she stated. “But we’ve also maintained that is a matter for the people of Venezuela to resolve.”

She stated that the government will be holding a meeting to clarify its position on the matter.

“We know that there is a lot of diplomatic efforts being made at the moment and we continue to monitor the situation,” Flood-Beaubrun said.

She also said that Saint Lucia continues its diplomatic relationship with Venezuela.

“We recognize Venezuela as a friend, our relations have not been strained, we’ve been very open and frank and whatever decisions we’ve taken, we’ve taken in good faith in friendship and that is what continues,” she said.

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2 comments

  1. Jacka** move. Hope it don't come back to haunt them. As far as I am concerned America or any other country has no right to mingle with Venezuelans affairs or any other country which is not their own. We all know this war is about oil but I guess the bigger heads who u expect to be smarter can't even see it. How would the prime minister react if America all of a sudden recognized Kenny as the pm? And I thought they said the American elections were fraudulent did that prevent Trump from serving his term?

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  2. st.lucia is already known as one of the most corrupted countries .in money .why ain't I surprised. we all know why the US is behind Venezuela.maybe you dnt I'll tell you .it's the oil.petrol .they want to elect their own perpet so they could do whatever they want.this is injustice .the US and the U.N. block all food from entering Venezuela for the pop to be hungry for them to protest against Maduro. then they will come like hero's. shame st.lucia.we took our independence we said if today England decide to take this country back won't u fight back. ( just saying we ain't really independent. )

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