AMERICAN OFFICIALS ARE REPORTED TO BE PUTTING EXTREME pressure on Caribbean governments to come out and publicly condemn Venezuela’s presidential vote on Monday, as Washington seeks to isolate President Nicolas Maduro.
According to sources some diplomats have been telling some Caribbean leaders that failure to do so will be seen as an anti-American stance.
Many Latin American countries have joined the United States in saying they would not recognize the victory by Maduro, in an election that was boycotted by the main opposition.
After months of opposition and international pressure demanding a Presidential vote, Maduro called the polls early, apparently seeking to exploit the disunity in the ranks of the opposition.
But then the main opposition leaders announced a boycott, saying the vote won’t be fair.
The Prime Ministers of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda have already both congratulated Maduro on his victory instead.
Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, says Venezula’s vote was consistent with the high standards required of the international community.
Antigua’s Browne said Maduro’s win was a victory for national sovereignty.