(ALJAZEERA) – The Organization of American States (OAS) has recognised the envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s official delegate to the group until new elections are held.
The regional organisation adopted the resolution recognising Gustavo Tarre Briceno with 18 votes in favour, nine against, six abstentions and one absence, the OAS announced on Tuesday.
Maduro’s government called the OAS’s decision a “criminal and rampant violation of international law and the OAS charter”.
“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reaffirms its irrevocable decision to leave the Organization of American States on April 27, 2019 … given that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela cannot remain in an organization that goes to its knees before the imperial interests of the US administration,” the Venezuelan foreign ministry said in a statement.
Tarre celebrated the vote on Twitter, saying: “Today we achieved the cessation of the usurpation of our chair in permanent council of the OAS. important step to achieve the objectives set by President Juan Guaido.”
Many analysts said the OAS decision is an expected, but major defeat for Maduro.
“Although it was expected, this declaration means that Maduro loses more international support and effectiveness,” Venezuelan analyst Luis Salamanca told Al Jazeera.
“His government is not seen with the necessary tools to be acknowledged as a government, however this support cannot be translated yet in the interior as all the institutions are controlled by Maduro,” he said.
However, Salamanca also said this puts Venezuela in a surreal situation.
“We have a government here that will defend a complete different vision to the one that Guaido will propose in the OAS. It’s a bicephaly that we have never witnessed before. In the OAS we have a person representing Guaido, while in the UN we still have the person representing Maduro,” he added. “In the long term if this fracture continues to deepen, we could see an effective division in the army, in the institutions, generating a severe reality for the country.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, said that with this decision, the US government is aiming to expel the representatives of Venezuela in international organisations and impose people “that we are not sure whom they represent exactly”.
OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro sent a message to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the news.
“Nicolas Maduro’s presidential authority lacks legitimacy and his designations for government posts, therefore, lack the necessary legitimacy,” the message read according to the AFP news agency.
But many believe that the OAS decision will not mean much for politics inside the country.
For many years, “the government has been having confrontations with the OAS, particularly with Almagro,” said Carlos Eduardo Pina, a Venezuelan analyst.