Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro remained in power this week after opposition leader Juan Guaido’s attempted overthrow “failed to follow through,” with experts saying the botched uprising could leave the socialist ruler in power for years.
Guaido -recognized as Venezuela’s interim President by more than 50 countries- blamed the “failure” on senior military officials’ decision to support Maduro’s regime as tens of thousands protested across Caracas.
“There have been discussions… with civil and military officials who are ready to take the side of our constitution,” he added. “I’m very optimistic given that we are very close to achieving change in Venezuela.”
Maduro publicly blamed the uprising on the United States, saying the so-called “coup” was directed from the “Gringo Empire” based in Washington, DC.
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MADURO MAYHEM: Europeans Recognize Venezuela’s Opposition Leader as ‘Interim President’
President Trump’s diplomatic push to have European nations and others recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President made major inroads Monday, with America’s allies officially throwing their support behind the opposition leader.
Sixteen European countries -such as the United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, France, and Germany- joined the United States after Nicolas Maduro’s regime failed to reach a deadline for internationally-monitored elections in the face of a mounting economic and political crisis.
“We encourage all countries, including other EU member states, to support the Venezuelan people by recognizing Interim President Guaido and supporting the National Assembly’s efforts to return constitutional democracy to Venezuela,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday afternoon.
Italy formally rebuked their European allies hours after releasing the statement, with Italian officials saying “We absolutely oppose the fact that a country or a group of third countries can determine the internal policies of another country.”
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CARACAS UPRISING: Maduro Says ‘Military Traitors’ Attempting a Coup in Venezuela’s Capital
Venezuela’s socialist government confirmed Tuesday that a group of “military traitors” were actively attempting to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Caracas; saying opposition leader Juan Guaido is currently in the capital surrounded by a group of “men in uniform.”
The President of Colombia threw his full support behind Guado hours after violence erupted just miles from Maduro’s residence; saying “We call the military and the people of #Venezuela to be on the right side of history, rejecting the dictatorship and usurpation of Maduro; uniting in search of freedom, democracy and institutional reconstruction, headed by @AsambleaVE and the President @jguaido.”
Hacemos llamado a militares y al pueblo de #Venezuela para que se ubiquen del lado correcto de la historia, rechazando dictadura y usurpación de Maduro; uniéndose en búsqueda de libertad, democracia y reconstrucción institucional, en cabeza de @AsambleaVE y el Presidente @jguaido
— Iván Duque 🇨🇴 (@IvanDuque) April 30, 2019
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