Latin Americans meet to discuss – and endorse – Venezuela vote

LIMA, PERU – Latin American leaders are expected to give their support to Venezuelan presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro at an extraordinary meeting Thursday 18 April in the Peruvian capital, as the United States and opponents continue to call for a recount of last Sunday’s vote.

The meeting was called earlier this week as a crisis, which turned violent, emerged after opponent Henrique Capriles rejected the result, which put him two percentage points behind the late Hugo Chavez’ successor.

It was announced earlier on Thursday that Maduro will also attend the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) gathering in Lima, a day before his inauguration Friday in Caracas.

Aside from Peru, which presides the Latin group, presidents from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname and Uruguay will attend the meeting. Peruvian foreign minister, Rafael Roncagliolo said “We believe that it is important to analyze the situation jointly, as we’ve done with other situations in the past; the agenda is open in order to have an opportunity for joint dialogue”.

Post-election violence has left at least eight people dead and over 60 injured.

Links to other sources : Reuters, Prensa Andina, Christian Science Monitor

Paula Dupraz is reporting for GenevaLunch from Peru.