Organization of American States head moves against Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization Of American States is calling for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela’s respect for democracy. It’s a move that could lead to the country’s suspension from the hemispheric body.

Luis Almagro on Tuesday said Venezuela had suffered an alteration of constitutional order called for a vote on the matter in the coming weeks.

Venezuela could be suspended from the organization if two-thirds of the organization’s 34 member states to vote that the country’s leadership has gravely undermined democracy there.

Almagro has been feuding with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro accused him of working with the opposition and the U.S. to undermine Venezuela. Almagro responded by calling him a petty dictator.

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress recently asked Almagro to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter.