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Posted at: Feb 11, 2019, 8:31 AM; last updated: Feb 11, 2019, 8:31 AM (IST)

US seeks UN draft resolution calling for Venezuela election

US seeks UN draft resolution  calling for Venezuela election
Venezuelan Oppn leader Juan Guaido, recognised as the rightful interim ruler by many nations, at a religious event in Caracas.

United Nations, February 10

The US has shared with its UN Security Council allies a draft resolution calling for international aid to be delivered in Venezuela and for a presidential vote to take place. While no date has yet been set for a vote on the American draft, and negotiations are ongoing, Russia is likely to use its veto power to block it as part of its support of Nicolas Maduro’s regime, diplomats said. 

The text expresses “full support for the National Assembly as the only democratically elected institution in Venezuela”. The legislative body’s chairman, Juan Guaido, has declared himself interim President of Venezuela, challenging Maduro's rule. The draft resolution stresses “deep concern with the violence and excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against unarmed, peaceful protesters”. 

It also “calls for the immediate start of a political process leading to free, fair and credible presidential elections, with international electoral observation, in line with Venezuela’s constitution”. The text also requests that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “utilise his good offices” to obtain such elections. It also “stresses the need to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and to facilitate access and delivery of assistance to all in need in the entirety of the territory of Venezuela”. 

Meanwhile, an active-duty Venezuelan army colonel who is a military doctor has dropped his allegiance to President Nicolas Maduro, backing opposition leader Juan Guaido instead. “Ninety per cent of us in the armed forces are really unhappy,” Colonel Ruben Paz Jimenez said in a video released Saturday. — Agencies


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