“There is an election for a new secretary general in March and I’m urging all Caribbean leaders, not to vote for Almagro. I’m suggesting a candidate,” Gonsalves said.
“I have written the CARICOM leaders already. I wrote them and if I have to take the lead on it, I’ll take the lead on it and as you know, when I take the lead on something, I take the lead. I don’t know whether I’m going to succeed but I can’t sit back.”
Gonsalves was speaking on a Dominica radio programme, ‘Issues At Hand’ programme on We FM last Sunday. He had called the radio programme to congratulate the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) on their recent victory at the polls.
“I don’t like what he’s done to the OAS and I don’t like how he’s seeking to implement a neoliberal agenda, don’t like it at all; so I have to fight against that in the interest of the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the region. I’m sorry. That is the position,” Gonsalves said.
Almagro has received much criticism from within CARICOM since February this year when he made a tweet implying that the next General Elections in Dominica might not be free and fair.
On February 7, 2019 he tweeted: “Today I met with Former Ambassador to @UN, Crispin Gregoire, who expressed his concern that the upcoming elections in Dominica are not free and fair. He also requested @OAS_official assistance to help ensure a level playing field in the country.”
In addition, just before the December 6 General Elections in Dominica, he tweeted that that the people of Dominica “deserve democratic, fair, inclusive and transparent elections. Democracy is the best antidote against violence,” Almagro said.
His comments came just hours after unrest broke out in the capital, Roseau after the opposition party called for election reform to take place before the
Many, including Gonsalves, see Almagro’s comments as attempts to interfere in another country’s democratic process.
It is also widely believed by political commentators that the OAS played a central role in the removal of Evo Morales, former president of Bolivia, following the October 20, 2019 elections there.
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