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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019. 10:40 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Nicholas Maduro, has been sworn in for his second term as President of Venezuela.

However, many observers are of the view that he was illegitimately elected as he prevented popular opponents from contesting elections.

As a result, the Organisation of American States held a sitting with members of the Permanent Council in Washington.

Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the United States, Paraguay, and Peru presented a motion to not recognize the legitimacy of Maduro’s second term.

When the votes were counted there were 19 votes in favor, six against, and eight abstentions. One member country was absent.

Of the 8 nations that abstained, Belize was one of them.

We note that since 2005 the Government of Belize has benefitted significantly from the Petro-Caribe initiative rolled out by Maduro and his predecessor President Hugo Chavez.

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