The Bahamas Supports the Recognition of Juan Guaidó as Interim President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Posted on: January 28, 2019

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
24 January 2019

PRESS RELEASE

The Bahamas Supports the Recognition of Juan Guaidó as Interim President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas wishes to inform that, at a Special Meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) held on 24 January 2019 to address the critical on-going political crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, The Bahamas was among those countries of the Organization recognizing Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly, as Interim President.

This decision is consistent with The Bahamas’ affirmative voting on previous resolutions and calls for discussions within the OAS regarding the situation in Venezuela, including the 10 January 2019 resolution to not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s presidency.

Venezuela’s constitution includes provisions that call upon the citizenry to disown any regime, legislation, or authority that violates democratic values, principles, and guarantees or encroaches upon human rights. In this regard, Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution provides specific circumstances through which the President of the National Assembly can assume the role of Interim President.

The Government of The Bahamas reiterates and shares its deep concern for the welfare of the people of Venezuela, given the critical economic and social challenges, as well as the migration challenges faced by its neighbouring countries. Figures from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and other international agencies indicate that some 3 million Venezuelans have left their country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries in Latin American and the Caribbean.

The Bahamas maintains its long-standing position of respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law and commits its support to the people of Venezuela for the restoration of representative democracy through a peaceful and orderly process.

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