Bolivian President Evo Morales has lashed out against Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, OAS, Luis Almagro for “promoting the overthrow” of Venezuela.
In a communique published Friday, the president accused Almagro of intervening in the political situation in Venezuela in the service of “hegemonic interests.”
"The secretary-general’s interventionist and servile actions to hegemonic and extraterritorial interests not only affect the democratic stability of a member country … but also the unity of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said.
The criticism comes after Almagro demanded that President Nicolas Maduro hold general elections within 30 days or face suspension from the organization.
Almagro is a vocal supporter of Venezuela’s right-wing opposition. Since taking charge of the OAS in 2015, the Uruguayan politician has used the organization to support the anti-government campaigns of Henrique Capriles and Leopoldo Lopez.
His latest attacks against Venezuela have inflamed President Morales who says the secretary-general has acted “without any mandate from member states ... with complete treachery and arrogance.”
In response to the threats, Morales has called on fellow member states “to evaluate (Almagro's) actions with care and objectivity.”
“It is sad and despicable that the secretary-general of the OAS, promotes the overthrow of a constitutionally-elected government. We must defend the rule of law.”