Maduro, Ortega and Bukele cause last-minute drop at the Ibero-American summit. The three absences join those of Bolsonaro, López Obrador and Abdo Benítez. In total, 16 presidents will participate in the summit, five of them in person.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro , has finally chosen not to participate in the XXVII Ibero-American Summit held in Andorra, according to sources from the organization. Instead, this Wednesday his vice president, Delcy Rodríguez , will speak before the plenary in a virtual way .
But that of the Venezuelan is not the only casualty of the appointment. To the one already announced by the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro , this Wednesday those of the Mexican Andrés Manuel López Obrador and that of the Paraguayan Mario Abdo Benítez , who were in the air , have also been confirmed . And after Maduro’s release, the leader of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega , and that of Salvador, Nayib Bukele , have joined .
With these six absences, there are finally 16 presidents participating in the conclave. Only the leaders of the three countries of the Iberian peninsula -Andorra, Spain and Portugal-, as well as the previous and subsequent venues of the summit -Guatemala and the Dominican Republic- are in person in Soldeu.
Maduro’s intervention had generated some expectation, after the US and 54 other countries recognized his opponent Juan Guaidó as “president in charge” in January 2019. In addition, both the Venezuelan opposition and the PP had asked the organization to invite Guaidó instead of Maduro.
Diplomatic sources explained that the participation system of the members of the summit is governed by the United Nations mechanism, which is why the Andorran presidency invited Maduro.