OAS declares a violation of the Constitutional order in Venezuela

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved by consensus a resolution in which it expressed “its deep concern about the serious unconstitutional alteration of the democratic order” in Venezuela, which was opposed by that country and Bolivia.

Honduras’ ambassador to the OAS, Leonidas Rosa Bautista, who proceeded as acting chair of the Permanent Council, announced that the resolution had been approved.

In the resolution, it was considered that “the decisions of the Supreme Court of Venezuela to suspend the powers of the National Assembly and assume them are incompatible with democratic practice and constitute a violation of the constitutional order,” urging the Venezuelan government to “act to guarantee the separation and independence of constitutional powers and restore the full authority of the National Assembly, including the restitution of parliamentary immunities and privileges.”

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, considered that the adoption of this resolution is “a very important step for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.”

The resolution was approved on a tense day in the OAS. In the morning, Bolivia, new chair of the Permanent Council of the OAS, had suspended the session without informing the rest of the member states and without explanation.

A group of 20 countries, which had convened the session, protested the suspension of the meeting, which finally took place.