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    Political Crisis in Venezuela (579)

    The Organisation of American States (OAS) announced in April that it recognises Gustavo Tarre, a representative of Guaido, the head of Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly, as the country's legitimate delegate to the group. Following this decision, official Caracas announced that it had decided to quit the OAS.

    The Venezuelan government has officially withdrawn from the Organisation of American States (OAS) after having formally requested it two years ago. 

    People in Caracas have taken to the streets to celebrate the decision, according to a Sputnik correspondent.

    Photos and videos of the demonstration have been shared on Twitter. 

    "People began a new day of mobilisation at 11:23 a.m. in Caracas, to celebrate that on 27 April Venezuela formally left the OAS after having denounced 'interference' by the Washington-based agency", the correspondent said.

    ​Activists celebrated the Latin American country's decision.

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    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began the process of leaving OAS in 2017. Meanwhile, opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself "interim president", said he wanted to keep the country in the organisation.

    The country has been in turmoil since Guaido, having the support of the US, promised a new election following Nicolas Maduro's inauguration in January. Russia, China, Mexico, and several other countries continue to recognise Maduro.

    The OAS is a continental organisation that was founded in 1948 to ensure regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states.

    Political Crisis in Venezuela (579)


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