Venezuelan President Given Ultimatum By European Leaders

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BBC:-  European powers have warned Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that he must call elections or they will officially recognise the opposition’s claim of leadership.

Mr Maduro is under pressure after his rival Juan Guaidó declared himself “acting president” on Wednesday.

Several countries, including the US, already back Mr Guaidó as president.

Venezuela later rejected the ultimatum at a UN meeting, where divisions between world powers were laid bare.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told members of the UN Security Council in New York that Mr Maduro’s presidency was legitimate, and the country would not be pressured into calling elections.

“Nobody is going to give us deadlines or tell us if there are elections or not,” he said.

President Maduro was sworn in for a second term earlier this month after an election marred by an opposition boycott and allegations of vote-rigging, leading to large anti-Maduro protests.

He accuses Mr Guaidó, the head of the National Assembly, of mounting a coup.

On Saturday, permanent Security Council members France and the UK joined Germany, Spain and other European nations in what looked like a co-ordinated demand that elections be called in Venezuela within eight days.

An EU statement was more cautious, seeking fresh elections or the bloc would take “further actions, including on the issue of recognition of the country’s leadership”.

Speaking on behalf of the EU, UK Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan said Venezuela needed a government “that truly represents the will of the Venezuelan people”.

Russia, a UN Security Council member, has said foreign support for Mr Guaidó violates international law and is a “direct path to bloodshed”. China, Mexico and Turkey have also publicly backed Mr Maduro.

Also on Saturday, Venezuela’s defence attache in Washington, Col José Luis Silva, said he now recognised Mr Guaidó as interim leader and that fresh elections were needed.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The Europeans are hypocrites, all of them. These white people preach and preach and actually do the opposite. what has maduro done to have the so-called EU interfere in Venezuelan internal politics? Tell me, when Merkel needed a million workers in Germany, who did she invite? Rough-necks and rifraffs from the Middle East who will continue bringing Europe to its knees for generations to come and more. Did she think to turn to Latin America? oh no! Macron is another moron who can’t even run Paris himself. As for the British, a bunch of ahsekissing america’s behinds. All of them have one thing in common, they want to control Venezuela’s oil wealth. You whites don’t fool us anymore. We know what happened to Chavez and we know your dirty tricks. You people went to Iraq for oil and destabilise the entire Middle East. Same with Libya. similar story. We in the Caribbean should have made formal arrangements to take in Venezuelan refugees, each and everyone of our islands. The Russians will deal with you all in Venezuela, same white people. The Cubans did not teach you people anything? You people never won the war against Cuba no matter how hard you all tried. Stop with your stupid ahse foreign policy in the Caribbean, because you all are just making way for some hardened leaders to emerge and stand firm as little as we are. Now China is in the Caribbean too and the Chinese will not play around. We are tired of your hypocrisy.. better back out now…. the slaves left that plantation a long time ago.. so don’t encourage any further uprisings. Just so, you all coming to destabilise the Caribbean??? what the ?

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