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'Did Jamaica vote for or against the Venezuelan government?'

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 8:44 AM
Dr Morais Guy

Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs Dr Morais Guy is calling for the government to reveal whether Jamaica voted against the Venezuelan government at a recent meeting called by the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Many Venezuelans have been calling on the Nicolás Maduro-led government to resign amid food and electricity shortages and looming economic collapse in the oil-rich South American state.

However, Maduro has refused to leave office.

The OAS called regional governments to an emergency meeting last week to examine whether the Maduro-led government was showing enough respect for democracy.

A vote against the  Nicolás Maduro-led government could have led to Venezuela's suspension from the OAS.

However, the meeting ended without a definitive position being taken.

Guy wants the government to give a full report on the meeting and how Jamaica voted.

He argues that it's important because of Venezuela's relationship with Jamaica through the PetroCaribe Agreement.

 

Opposition Spokesman Foreign Affairs, Dr. Morais Guy

Guy is also calling for the government to comment on the validity of the procedure used by the OAS  in calling for a vote on the Venezuelan crisis.

He says suggestions that it amounted to unjustified interference in the internal affairs of a member state cannot remain unanswered by the Government of Jamaica.