Uruguayan President Takes Stance on Venezuelan Elections
The Uruguayan government is taking a firm stance on the upcoming political situation in Venezuela. President Luis Lacalle Pou has stated that the elections scheduled to be held this year in Venezuela will not be free or democratic. In response, Uruguay’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Paganini, has called the country’s ambassador in Venezuela, Eber da Rosa, for consultation on the situation.
Paganini has praised President Lacalle Pou for his stance on the Venezuelan elections and stated that calling the ambassador for consultations is a sign of disagreement. Da Rosa has been asked to present a detailed report on the political situation in Venezuela in the coming days in Montevideo, which will serve as the basis for the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry to establish a position regarding the validity of the electoral elections scheduled for this year.
Paganini has expressed regret that the democratic process in Venezuela has been called into doubt, especially after the disqualification of the main opposition candidate, Maria Corina Machado. He described the Venezuelan government as increasingly isolated and authoritarian, with citizen participation being restricted.
Ambassador Eber da Rosa, who was appointed to his role last year, will leave his position in the first half of the year to focus on the campaign for the Uruguayan presidential elections.
President Lacalle Pou has also expressed his concerns about the Venezuelan elections, stating that there is “no type of will” for the elections to be transparent. The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela confirmed the disqualification of Corina Machado, prompting the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry to issue a statement expressing their “great concern” about the situation.
Uruguay has also seen demonstrations protesting the disqualification of Corina Machado, with some of this year’s presidential election pre-candidates joining the protests. These developments signal a growing diplomatic tension between Uruguay and Venezuela.