(From Montevideo, Uruguay) – He Venezuelan activist arrested Rocio San Miguel This prompted fresh criticism of the country's regime from the Uruguayan government. President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle PouThe decision was deemed unfair and the administration was once again limited Nicolás Maduro Like a dictatorship.
“Break your eyes. It is a dictatorship. No free elections. Today again a person has been unjustly detained,” the President said at a press conference on Sunday 11th when he arrived in Melo (Cero Largo). “He who doesn't want to say it is there for a reason. Because if it barks, if it has four legs, if it bites its tail…if someone doesn't say it's a dog, there must be a reason.” Locke added Poe.
Foreign Minister of Uruguay, Omar Paganini, He said he called the country's ambassador in Venezuela last week for advice, Eber da Rosa, To give you details on the situation in Venezuela. “We have decided to invite our Venezuelan ambassador for consultation regarding the worrying events that make it impossible to hold free, democratic and competitive elections in that country,” the foreign minister wrote on social network X.
When asked about the call, LaCal Poe promised that Da Rosa would go to Uruguay “to tell and communicate (inform) what is going on.” “It is better to have him in Venezuela as the eyes of the government and from the first source. If something happens in a country, I read what is happening, I get information, but above all I call the representative of Uruguay and tell us how people live there, what is happening, so that he can tell us the daily reality. can In this case of Venezuela, it is not too difficult to imagine”, concluded the President.
The government intends for Da Rosa to present a detailed report on the political situation in Montevideo in the coming days. The text will serve as an input for the Ministry of External Affairs to establish a position on the validity of the electoral elections scheduled for this year. Paganini avoided answering what position the Uruguayan government would take, but the move to invite a diplomatic representative in another country for consultation was one of the strongest signals of diplomacy. “Calling in advice is a sign of disagreement”, he promised.
The president lamented that the “democratic process” Venezuela had to go through was “very dubious,” questioning that “for more than 20 years we have had an increasingly isolated and authoritarian government.”
Da Rosa was appointed ambassador to Venezuela after an eight-year absence from that Uruguayan role. The official will arrive in Uruguay, submit his report, and then return to Caracas. However, the president will leave his post in the first half of this year to devote himself to the upcoming presidential elections in Uruguay.
In early February, The Uruguayan president had already indicated the government's position on Venezuela. “It is clear that we did not have a free and democratic election,” he said after being disqualified Maria Corina Machado. Lakal Po recalled that when he was opposition leader, he spoke more than once about what was happening in the Venezuelan regime. And, upon assuming government, he revealed it to Maduro.
“We are not trying to have a point of view depending on whether we like a government more or less,” declared Lacalle Pou. According to him, the disqualification of Corina Machado shows that there is “no desire whatsoever” for elections to be transparent.
After approval Supreme Court Venezuela's foreign ministry issued a statement on the opposition leader's disqualification, expressing its “great concern” over the situation. “Uruguay views with great concern these judicial disqualifications of political opponents from holding elected or public office, as they directly threaten the conduct of free, democratic and competitive elections,” the government said.