Jan. 11 (Bulletinstandard) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s authorities on Friday criticized a decision from the Group of American States calling for brand new elections within the nation and rejecting the legitimacy of Maduro’s administration.

Venezuela “condemns the practices of coercion utilized in our area by the US to advertise a felony marketing campaign of aggression in opposition to Venezuelan individuals,” the nation’s Overseas Affairs ministry mentioned.

The Group of American States, or OAS, a Washington, D.C.-based group made up of 35 nations within the Western Hemisphere, voted Thursday in a rare session “to not acknowledge the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new time period as of the 10th of January of 2019.”

Maduro was sworn in earlier this week for a brand new time period in workplace. He had received an election that noticed traditionally low voter turnout within the reeling nation. Voting dates have been moved twice and the US and European Union each don’t acknowledge Maduro’s re-election.

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The Venezuelan Overseas Affairs ministry thanked nations that voted in opposition to the decision, accredited with 19 votes in favor, 6 in opposition to, eight abstentions and one absent.

The OAS issued the decision simply after Maduro formally began his second time period Thursday.

Throughout his inauguration speech, Maduro rejected an settlement by so-called Group of Lima, made up of 13 nations together with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Peru.

The nations lately introduced they might not permit the entry of high-ranking Venezuelan authorities officers into their territory and referred to as for brand new Venezuelan elections. Maduro gave these nations time till Friday to again down. He has up to now additionally blamed the US for the group’s actions.

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Individually, Venezuelan Overseas Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza on Thursday night requested Peru to higher shield its embassy there, which was earlier that day the “goal of a number of assaults, together with a bunch of criminals that entered our mission.”

Latin American nations, led by Colombia and Peru, have acquired a lot of the exodus of an estimated three million Venezuelans who’ve left the nation in recent times, in keeping with United Nations refugee company information.

Peru’s El Comercio newspaper reported Thursday the native Canal N tv community confirmed a small group of individuals breaking into the embassy. This was solely one in every of a number of incidents, which included combating and the usage of tear gasoline by police to disperse protesters.

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Venezuelans in Colombia, Chile and in different nations, in addition to inside Venezuela, additionally held protests, l Nacional newspaper reported.

Final 12 months, Venezuela grew to become Latin America’s most violent nation, with greater than 23,000 violent deaths — of which 7,523 occurred as residents resisted authority, in keeping with a tally of a non-government group.

Venezuela’s opposition has held a number of protests in recent times. Human rights teams have accused Maduro’s authorities of torturing political prisoners and utilizing different repression strategies.

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