Namibia backs Maduro

Namibia's foreign minister has slammed 'foreign interference' in the political crisis in Venezuela.

30 January 2019 | International

The Namibian government is concerned about political developments in Venezuela and has called on the international community to allow the people of Venezuela to handle their own affairs.

In a media statement issued following an inquiry from Namibian Sun, the minister of international relations and cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, said Namibia stood in solidarity with the people of Venezuela.

“The concern is that the political developments are arising from the unwarranted interference in the domestic affairs of Venezuela by foreign powers.

“It is further noted that the elections were conducted in accordance with the domestic laws of Venezuela without any external interference. The domestic electoral laws of Venezuela provide mechanisms in which electoral disputes are to be addressed,” she said.

The crisis in Venezuela has escalated after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself acting president, challenging President Nicolás Maduro.

This prompted the United Nations to call for an intervention. This week UN secretary-general (SG) Antonio Guterres urged parties to “lower tensions” in Venezuela and called for all relevant actors to commit to inclusive and credible political dialogue.

This situation has now been worsened by sanctions imposed by the United States.

On Friday, Britain gave Maduro an ultimatum, warning him that it would support self-appointed leader Guaidó if an election was not called by Monday.

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