Saturday, January 12th 2013 - 11:51 UTC

OAS respects Venezuela’s decision to postpone Chavez inauguration

Organization of American States Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, said in statements to the press that the hemispheric body “fully respects and how could it be otherwise the decision of the constitutional powers of Venezuela regarding the inauguration of the President of that country”.

Secretary General Insulza is scheduled to receive a delegation from the Venezuelan opposition next Tuesday

“The issue has been resolved by the three branches of government of Venezuela: it was presented by the Executive, considered by the Legislature and decided by the Judiciary”. The possibilities have been exhausted and therefore the process that will take place in that country is that which has been decided by the three powers,“ said Secretary General Insulza.

The head of the hemispheric institution said the Venezuelan state authorities ”chose a path that allows time for the situation to be ascertained and provides a waiting period for the President-elect to be sworn in again.“

Responding to a question from journalists, Insulza said ”if any country wants to take up this or any other topic in the OAS, they can bring it to the Permanent Council.“ He added that ”the OAS participates when there is a institutional crisis between the powers of a state, but here there is no need for any authority of the Venezuelan state to rule on the issue. They must interpret the Constitution and how they interpret it is their prerogative”.

Meanwhile from Caracas it was revealed that next Tuesday Insulza will be receiving a delegation from the Venezuelan opposition Democratic Unity Table, MUD.

The chairman of MUD who made the announcement also considered Insulza’s statement accepting the postponement of President Hugo Chavez inauguration as ‘regrettable’. Insulza is currently in Chile and over the weekend will be attending in a seminar from the UN Economic Commission for Latinamerica and the Caribbean in Viña del Mar.

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1 ChrisR (#) Jan 12th, 2013 - 02:55 pm Report abuse
The head of the hemispheric institution said the Venezuelan state authorities ”chose a path that allows time for the situation to be ascertained and provides a waiting period for the President-elect to be sworn in again.“

Even if he is dead we see no reason why Dead Man Not Walking should not attain the throne, sorry, the Presidency, said the man with the hemispheric head.

You couldn't make this crap up unless you live in SA.
2 Anglotino (#) Jan 12th, 2013 - 09:34 pm Report abuse
Venezuela's economy and civil society are in such a poor state that no one is willing to flick af any card of this ramshackle house of cards.

Because the whole thing will come crumbling down so fast that it would make the entire region look bad.

Either way the OAS is toothless as it rarely agrees on a lot. Insulza just highlighted how unimportant his role is.
3 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 13th, 2013 - 05:17 am Report abuse
Constitutions are pointless in South America. The mean in incapacitated, will not recover and for all intense purposes is dead. Herein lays the problem when you worship and value a man over the concept of democracy......democracy losses and the man lives on.
4 Burn1938 (#) Jan 13th, 2013 - 03:31 pm Report abuse
I must admit that my first reaction was - what have you done Insulza ! Then I remembered that he was the only Latín leader who basically supported Paraguay following the legal impeachment of Lugo . Unlike the rest he came , saw and then gave his opinion . And , later , the OAS refused to impose sanctions on Paraguay . So , if he now made a mistakev, I forgive him ! Gracias por apoyar a Paraguay !

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