CARACAS/WASHINGTON Venezuela's opposition sought to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro with scattered protests on Monday, but there was relief for the Socialist government when the Organisation of American States cancelled a crisis meeting.One group of protesters tried to block a major Caracas highway and another dropped a pile of straw in front of the Supreme Court, which last week controversially assumed the responsibilities of the opposition-led congress.
Though the top tribunal rowed back on that decision, which was condemned globally and led to unrest, the opposition is pushing to remove the judges responsible.The OAS meeting was called at the weekend by a group of 20 countries concerned about democratic erosion in Venezuela under Maduro, who replaced socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez in 2013.
No reason was given for the cancellation of the meeting.
The cancellation, as Maduro's leftist ally Bolivia takes the bloc's presidency, was a "win for Venezuela," one Latin American diplomat told Reuters.After a turbulent last week, the 54-year-old Venezuelan president was also delighted on Monday to see a win for socialist Lenin Moreno in Ecuador's presidential election, bucking a regional shift to the right. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton in Washington, Girish Gupta and Carlos Garcia Rawlins in Caracas, Alexandra Ulmer in Quito.; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Alistair Bell)
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Published Date: Apr 04, 2017 12:15 am | Updated Date: Apr 04, 2017 12:15 am