Spain’s foreign ministry recently announced that it was not going to send an ambassador to Venezuela but would send a chargé d’affaires instead. This, according to the accompanying article from Voz Populi (generally conservative Madrid-based news website), is continuing fallout from the 2019 elections in Venezuela, which many countries of the world held to be fraudulent. Spain’s President of Government (Administration) is Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Sánchez is a socialist who is governing with the support of the far-left, pro-Bolivarian Podemos party. However, as the accompanying article notes, the European Union, while not treating Venezuelan opposition personality Juan Guaidó as formal leader of Venezuela, is also not giving full recognition to the Bolivarian leader Nicolás Maduro either.

…Spain does not recognize the last electoral processes that the regime of Nicolás Maduro organized…

Source: “España no enviará nuevo embajador a Venezuela al no reconocer las últimas elecciones de Maduro (Spain will not send a new ambassador to Venezuela as it does not recognize the last Maduro elections),” Voz Populi, 29 October 2020. https://www.vozpopuli.com/espana/espana-venezuela-elecciones-maduro_0_1405360707.html

“Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Cristina Gallach, has announced today in a parliamentary session that at this time Spain was not going to send an ambassador to Venezuela, but that diplomat Juan Fernández Trigo would be accredited to Venezuelan authorities as ‘chargé d’affaires with cabinet portfolio’…

The ‘number two’ of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has justified this political decision because Spain does not recognize the last electoral processes that the regime of Nicolás Maduro organized. Additionally, she has pointed out that it follows the examples of Italy and the Netherlands, two European countries that limited to sending chargés d’affaires in place of ambassadors in recent months…

Gallach has indicated, likewise, that Spain was going to name new ambassadors to Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in the coming weeks. Last Tuesday the naming of a new chief of mission to El Salvador was authorized by the Council of Ministers…”

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