OAS recognises Guaido envoy until new Venezuela polls

11 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: The Organization of American States (OAS) said Tuesday it recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido’s envoy as Venezuela’s delegate to the regional body until new elections are held in the country, reports AFP.

After a heated debate, the OAS permanent council made the decision by a vote of 18 in favor, nine against, and six abstentions. One delegate was absent.

The new delegate is Gustavo Tarre.

The move is yet another blow against President Nicolas Maduro, and was vehemently opposed by the delegate of the beleaguered leader, who is locked in a power struggle with Guaido.

The Venezuelan foreign ministry responded to the vote by saying the OAS is supporting a coup against Maduro.