Almagro spearheads push for emergency OAS meeting on Venezuela

Luis Almagro, head of the Organization of American States (OAS), calls for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela’s respect for democracy, a move that could lead to Venezuela’s suspension from the body. A two thirds majority is needed for such an outcome. However, this is made unlikely after the OAS permanent council approved a motion to support the efforts by former-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to mediate talks between Venezuela's government and the opposition.

Maduro bluntly tells Almagro “You can shove that democratic charter wherever it fits” and calls for “a big anti-imperialist and anti-Almagro march.” Ecuador President Rafael Correa’s party issues a statement condemning Almagro’s interference in Venezuela, while Cuba’s leader Raul Castro expresses “firm solidarity” with Venezuela over the OAS emergency meeting call. Meanwhile, Almagro accuses Argentina’s Prime Minister Macri of playing “games” by delaying the emergency meeting process, to secure support for Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Susan Malcorra to become UN Secretary General.