Venezuela’s Juan Guaido Thanks Netanyahu for Recognizing Presidency

Andrew Cummings
January 29, 2019

The 35-year-old took advantage of a major street demonstration last week to swear himself in as the country's rightful leader, accusing Maduro of usurping power following his 2018 re-election that was widely dubbed illegitimate.

Maduro says the United States is promoting a coup against him and promised to stay in office, backed by Russian Federation and China, which have bankrolled his government and fought off efforts to have his government disavowed by the United Nations.

Guaido has aimed his appeals at the Venezuelan military, with promises of amnesty and mass protests to dramatize the depth of popular opposition to Maduro who has presided over a virtual collapse of the economy and a worsening humanitarian crisis.

During the press briefing on Monday, Bolton also said in a separate statement that he believes that Venezuelan military was looking for ways to support self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido.

France and Britain on Saturday joined Spain and Germany in turning up the pressure on Maduro, saying they would follow the U.S. and others in recognizing Guaido unless Venezuela called new presidential elections within eight days.

Countries including the United States and UK have now recognised Guaido as interim president.

Australia joined the U.S., Israel and several Latin American countries in recognizing Juan Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's national assembly, as the country's interim president.

Venezuela's military attache in Washington, Army Colonel Jose Luis Silva, switched his support to Guaido in a video that called on his brothers in arms to follow his lead.

Meanwhile, Juan Guaido said in a statement on Monday that he had ordered Venezuela's congress to begin the process of naming new boards of directors to the PDVSA and USA refining subsidiary Citgo.

Mr Maduro, however, says Venezuela is "the victim of a US conspiracy", referring to reports that US Vice President Mike Pence promised Mr Guaido full American support the day before he declared himself Venezuela's new leader.

Pompeo urged nations to end financial transactions with Maduro's government, which has struggled to pay bills despite the country's oil wealth.

He also rejected an ultimatum set by some European countries for fresh election in Venezuela, calling those countries "insolent". Russian Federation and China back Maduro.

Maduro started a second term on January 10 following a widely boycotted election past year that many foreign governments described as a sham. He said European nations should leave Venezuela, if they so wanted. "No one can give us an ultimatum", Maduro told CNN's Turkish network.

Maduro's government accuses the USA and others of launching an "economic war" against Venezuela, blaming it for most of the country's problems.

Maduro has received backing from China, Russia, Syria and Turkey, as well as longtime allies Cuba and Bolivia.

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