The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, who has just been dismissed for corruption offenses, was noted on the list of leaders who have left power early, after having requested the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to step down.
In February, Kurz said on Twitter that he had spoken by telephone with the “president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó”, to whom he offered support and promised that Austria would join the countries that recognize him as head of state, if Maduro did not call for early presidential elections promptly.
“I just had a very good telephone conversation with President Juan Guaidó. He has all our support to restore democracy in Venezuela,” wrote the right-wing politician. “Venezuelans have suffered too much time due to mismanagement and disregard for the rule of law by the Maduro regime.”
In May, Kurz issued another statement criticizing the Maduro government for the arrest of several deputies who participated openly in the coup attempt on April 30.
His early departure does not mean that Austria is going to change its position with respect to Venezuela, because it is one of the nations of Europe where the right-wing forces are flourishing with intensity. However, Kurz has experienced precociously (he is just 32 years old) the karmic effects of interference in other nations’ affairs.
Among the heads of government who have said that “Maduro must leave” and then have been turned out of their positions early include the Spanish Mariano Rajoy, the Peruvian Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the British Theresa May and, now, the Austrian Chancellor .
Translated by JRE/EF