Labour's frontbench ATTACKED for refusing to condemn Maduro's corrupt Venezuela regime

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Labour's frontbench ATTACKED for refusing to condemn Maduro's corrupt Venezuela regime
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:26:00 +0000

Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan accused a group of opposition MPs, including the Shadow Chancellor and Diane Abbott, of sympathising with the shamed Caracas leader Nicolas Maduro. Sir Alan, a Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton said the group had signed “signatures of shame” after they told the Guardian “there is no justification for backing the US attempt at regime change”.

The US, followed by the UK, France and up to 20 countries, now recognise Juan Guaidó the elected leader of the opposition-held National Assembly as the country’s rightful president and have called for the election to be re-run.

Sir Alan said: “So let the signatories of that letter in the Guardian be pinned on every wall as a list of signatures of shame.”

Writing to the Guardian, Mr McDonnell and Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, Richard Burgon, the Shadow Justice Secretary, and Dan Carden, the Shadow International Development Secretary, labelled the governments in Washington and Brazil as “far-right” and warned continued intervention could be “disastrous”.

It said: “The far-right governments of Trump and Bolsonaro offer no hope to Venezuela or to the majority of people in Latin America.

“Whatever views people hold on Venezuela, there is no justification for backing the US attempt at regime change under way, which, if successful, could go the way of the disastrous interventions in Iraq and Libya.

“Instead the way forward is the call for dialogue from the Mexican and Bolivian presidents.”

In a bid to force political change in Venezuela the White House imposed restrictions on Venezuelan state-oil company PDVSA, on January 28.

The south-american country is heavily reliant on the US for its oil revenue - sending 41 percent of its oil exports there.

With tensions rising, Mr Maduro later responded to the sanctions and instructed the PDVSA to launch "political and legal action, in US and international courts”.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Mr Guaido welcomed the worldwide support.

The 35-year-old said: “We are sure we can achieve a peaceful transition - a transition and eventually free elections.

“We must use great pressure for a dictator to leave, install a transitional government and have free elections.”

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