The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, defended on Wednesday (31) the union of the left in Latin America, after the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and the advance of the right in other countries of the region.
“They overthrew Dilma Rousseff, they imposed a dictatorship there and kidnapped this great leader, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva,“ Maduro said of the arrest of the former president, convicted of corruption and money laundering.
“If Lula had been a candidate, be sure he would win,“ Maduro said of last Sunday’s election in Brazil.
Maduro, who visited Cuba on Tuesday, quoted the presidents of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and Colombia’s Iván Duque, to exemplify the advance of the right in the region.
“Does the South American people have a future with a Macri, with a Duke ahead? … We are in an immense geopolitical confrontation of models, projects and ideas,“ Maduro said in an act in which the Cuban ambassador was present in Venezuela, Rogelio Polanco.
On Monday, the Venezuelan government congratulated Bolsonaro on the victory , urging the president-elect to “resume the path of diplomatic relations of respect“ with Venezuela as neighboring countries.
On Wednesday, Maduro defended a new impetus in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), a regional organization founded by the late leaders Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro, and now composed of Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Venezuela.
Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador, among other Latin American countries, have expressed their concern about the migratory situation in Venezuela. According to the UN, 1.9 million Venezuelans have already left the country since 2015.