On 20 May 2018, Venezuela held a much delayed Presidential election.
Much of the countries of the world and international organization rejected the election for gross irregularities.
The point of contention is the U.S. recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker, as president over Nicolás Maduro, which is being labeled by the current regime and Venezuela’s allies as “a brazen regime change.”
Reasons for rejection:
- disqualification and imprisonment of MUD (Democratic Unity Roundtable) individuals
- lack of advanced notice for the election date
- bias of electoral bodies
Those rejecting the election results: European Union, Council of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), the Lima Group (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Saint Lucia), the G7 group (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States), and the Organization of American States (OAS).
Individually, the following countries rejected the election: Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Haiti, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Georgia
Those supporting the election results: Only Antigua and Barbuda, Belarus, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Dominica, El Salvador, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, Turkey (the only NATO member) and the disputed state of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara) recognized the election result.
Election Monitors. Monitors from Venezuelan allies showed up. The UN and the Carter Center refused to send a mission.
Russia has invested $17 billion in Venezuela, it has a substantial financial interest. President Maduro and Venezuela is, perhaps, Russia’s closest ally. Yesterday, Maduro accused the US of “major provocation against Venezuela”. The word “provocation”, I wonder where he found that word?
It boils down to Russia vs. the World and especially the US, regarding Maduro and Venezuela.
Expect to see a LOT of pro-Maduro and anti-Guaidó propaganda coming out of Russia.