United Kingdom recognises Juan Guaido as interim President of Venezuela

United Kingdom recognises Juan Guaido as interim President of Venezuela

United Kingdom recognises Juan Guaido as interim President of Venezuela

Spain, Britain, France and other European Union nations on Monday recognized Venezuela's opposition chief Juan Guaido as interim leader after Maduro rejected their ultimatum a day earlier to call snap presidential elections. "Venezuela won't be governed from Madrid", he added.

"I swear ... that I will defend with my life this fatherland under threat", Maduro said at an event in Aragua state in the north, commemorating the 27th anniversary of a failed coup by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.

Organized labour in Canada is voicing its opposition to the federal government's decision to embrace Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido over the regime of Nicolas Maduro - which has been accused of human rights abuses and of winning the last election through vote-rigging.

"The coward government of Spain has made a bad decision in the history of relations between Spain and Venezuela".

The UK, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, and Luxembourg all went further on February 4 by recognizing Guaido as interim president.

Maduro has offered to call parliamentary elections; however, Le Drian insisted that only a presidential election could end the crisis "because it's a presidential regime" in Venezuela. "It is, definitely, the people of Venezuela who have to decide its future".

The group built on that backing in its final communique by calling upon "the National Armed Forces of Venezuela to demonstrate their loyalty to the Interim President in his constitutional functions as their Commander in Chief".

Sanchez told reporters "we are working for the return of full democracy in Venezuela", as Spain, France, and Sweden join countries that have recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation's interim president.

Earlier on Monday, Mr Guaido announced that he was working on creating an worldwide aid coalition that would be delivered at three points yet to be determined.

Belgium's deputy prime minister Didier Reynders said it supported Guaido's "mission to organize free and transparent elections", but stopped short of endorsing him as acting president.

A joint statement firming EU's stance on Venezuela was being debated among national government envoys and may be issued later on Monday.

Italy was blocking agreement on such a statement, diplomatic sources said, due to a split in opinion in the coalition government.

However, Italy, with its government run by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and League parties, continued to block an EU-wide declaration, saying it is not Brussels' job to interfere in other countries' politics.

Russian Federation and China, which have poured billions of dollars of investment and loans into Venezuela, are supporting Maduro in an extension of their geopolitical clashes with Washington.

Currently, the country is facing a severe economic and humanitarian crisis that will continue to spill over to neighbouring countries.

"Why would you want a repeat of Vietnam in Latin America?"

Claiming his legitimacy from the constitution, the 35-year-old National Assembly leader stunned the world when he proclaimed himself interim president on January 23, setting up a tense standoff with Maduro - with both men heading rival massive street rallies in Caracas on Saturday. Guaido is an opposition leader who's the head of Venezuela's legislature.

Spain, France, Britain and Germany followed through on their promise.

Weber said the current rules on unanimity must be scrapped in favor of a majority voting system, "otherwise we will always be weak and not capable to deliver".

Maduro said Monday he has written to Pope Francis asking for help in fostering dialogue. Already, the Bank of England has reportedly denied a request by Maduro to repatriate US$1.3 billion worth of Venezuelan gold being kept in its vaults.

"We are recognizing and supporting the right of the people of Venezuela to enjoy democracy", Freeland said after the protesters were escorted from the room.

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