Venezuela issue divides ruling coalition


Venezuela issue divides ruling coalition

07. 02. 2019 15:03

Concerning the disputed presidential election in Venezuela, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák is asking Slovakia to adopt a stance identical with the EU - namely, to seek a peaceful democratic solution to the Venezuelan crisis and call for a new, free and fair presidential election. His stance, however, has unequivocal support neither in the Smer-SD, which nominated him to his post, nor in the junior coalition Slovak National Party (SNS). These parties wish Slovakia to stay neutral in the Venezuelan issue. On the other hand, Lajčák's stance draws support from third coalition party Most-Hid and a portion of the opposition, who warn of deviating too far from pro-European policy. Minister Lajčák attributes the diverging stances to next year's parliamentary election being around the corner and the ongoing competition for voters. A nationwide crisis concerning who is the legitimate President of Venezuela has been underway since 10 January 2019, when the opposition-majority National Assembly declared that incumbent Nicolás Maduro's 2018 re-election was invalid and the body elevated its president, Juan Guaidó, as acting president of the nation.

Zuzana Botiková, Photo: AP/TASR

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