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Ottawa allows Maduro loyalists to run Venezuelan Embassy despite calling his government ‘illegitimate’

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Canada has also recognized a representative of interim president Juan Guaidó, who says the ‘complicated’ situation shouldn’t be ‘rushed.’

Venezuelan Chargé d'Affaires Luis Augusto Acuña Cedeño, right, a former cabinet minister in the government of Hugo Chávez, is seen with his wife, Mirian Meza de Acuña, last month in Ottawa at a Kuwaiti National Day event. He and other Maduro loyalists continue to run the Venezuelan Embassy in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

More than a month after Canada recognized Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela, his representative in Canada remains without official diplomatic credentials and the Ottawa embassy is still in the control of diplomats loyal to Nicolás Maduro, whom the Canadian government has declared an “illegitimate” leader.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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