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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019. 5:13 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Haiti’s Opposition party, Pitit Dessalin party is planning to protest that country’s decision to support an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution not recognizing the legitimacy of the Nicolas Maduro presidency in Venezuela.

Last week, Haiti along with the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana and Saint Lucia supported the OAS resolution.

Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname voted against the resolution.

Belize, St Kitts-Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, and Belize abstained during the vote.

After voting in favor of the resolution, Haiti stated that it did not receive any pressure from the United States to vote in support of the resolution as Maduro began his second five-year term in office as Venezuela’s President.

However, the Secretary General of the Opposition party sent a letter to Maduro and outlined a ‘strong link’ between the two countries and insists that Port Au Prince should always stand in support of Venezuela for solidarity and other historical links.

The letter also noted that the past of Haiti obliges the country to support Venezuela and respect the right to self-determination of people and that Venezuela is the only country in the world to support Haiti without interference.

According to the Opposition party, during Haiti’s economic problems and at a time when the international community made loans available to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country “at a high interest rate, about 13 per cent, Venezuela, for its part, claims only one per cent”.

The party is preparing activities to show their support for Venezuela.

They are also going to demonstrate calling for President Jovenel Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.

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