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Almagro: "Elections are the means to get out of a dictatorship"

A press conference led by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jorge Almagro, was interrupted at the beginning by the Venezuelan representative at the OAS, Carmen Luisa Velásquez, who claimed that Almagro was using the regional organization “for proselytizing purposes”

OAS Secretary General Jorge Almagro, along with Lilian Tintori, Patricia de Ceballos and Oriana Goicoechea.

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21 de marzo de 2017 07:40 AM

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Almagro: "Elections are the means to get out of a dictatorship"

"Elections are the means to get out of a dictatorship," suggested on Monday the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jorge Almagro. To that end, he strongly recommended the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to call as soon as possible general, free elections with international observers.

"Elections are the means to get out of a dictatorship. This was the case in Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina.  That is the solution,” Almagro said during a press conference held on Monday at the OAS, together with Lilian Tintori, Patricia de Ceballos and Oriana Goicoechea, relatives of political prisoners in Venezuela.

This is Almagro’s first appearance after asking last Tuesday for the suspension of Venezuela from the OAS if the government fails to hold general elections within 30 days. The support of two thirds, or 24 out of 34 Member States, is necessary to carry into effect the move.

Queried about a potential failure if the OAS Member States refused to back his proposal, Almagro replied: “The only failure would be shutting up my mouth in view of tremendous violations to democratic institutions and human, civil and political rights in Venezuela.”

The initiative was interrupted at the beginning by the Venezuelan representative at the OAS, Carmen Luisa Velásquez, who claimed that Almagro was using the regional organization “for proselytizing purposes.”

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