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Jamaica supports OAS resolution on Venezuelan President

Reactions are emerging from the region following yesterday's resolution at the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) not to recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro's new term as Venezuelan President.

Jamaica voted in support of the resolution.

The resolution was approved with 19 votes in favor, six against, eight abstentions and one absent.

One of the countries which voted against the resolution, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has been firm in its support of Venezuela.

The country's Foreign Affairs Minister, Sir Louis Straker is adamant that Venezuela's elections were legitimate and double standards are being applied in this situation.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that despite voting to not recognise Nicolas Maduro's presidency, Jamaica attended his swearing-in ceremony yesterday.

A release Thursday evening from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said even as Jamaica took the vote, the Jamaican government was also represented by its Embassy in Caracas at the swearing in ceremony of President Maduro.

It said this was done as a sign of Jamaica's interest in remaining engaged with Venezuela.

Maduro was sworn in for a second term despite international criticism that his re-election is illegitimate.

 



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