AFP 2016/ EVARISTO SA
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Venezuela has demonstrated its opposition at the United Nations General Assembly against the ouster of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in what it has condemned as a destabilizing “coup”, Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez told Sputnik.
“We believe that Senator [Michel] Temer is an illegitimate president and for that reason this morning we withdrew from the Hall of the General Assembly because we, along with Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, want to raise our concern about this situation in Brazil,” Ramirez said Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
During the Tuesday morning speech by new Brazilian President Michel Temer, the Venezuelan delegation to the UN staged a walk-out to protest the ouster of Rousseff.
“We believe they suffered a coup d’etat against President Dilma Rousseff,” Ramirez explained.
In May, the upper house of the Brazilian parliament voted 55-22 to start impeachment proceedings against Rousseff after she was accused of concealing the country’s budget deficit ahead of the 2014 election.
In late August, 61 Brazilian senators voted to remove Rousseff from the presidential post. Former Vice President Michel Temer was subsequently sworn in as the country’s new leader. Temer will now serve as president until the end of 2018, when new elections will take place in Brazil.
In response to these actions, Venezuela pulled its ambassador from Brazil, freezing diplomatic ties between the two South American neighbours.