Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido launched a “direct appeal” to the nation’s armed forces over the weekend; urging Maduro’s soldiers to defect hours before May Day protests are poised to sweep his country.
“Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido used his latest mass rally on Saturday to reiterate an appeal to the army to end its support for Nicolas Maduro’s regime, and announced massive Mayday protests to oust the embattled president,” reports Yahoo News.
“Time is passing and the wait cannot be eternal,” Guaido told the crowd, adding “a historic opportunity” is “resting” on his people’s “shoulders.”
Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has routinely deflected criticism of his regime’s total failure; accusing the United States of launching an “electric warfare” against his country.
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BREAKING NOW: President Trump Recognizes Opposition Leader as ‘Interim President’ of Venezuela
President Donald Trump officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim President of Venezuela Wednesday; raising the stakes in the United States fierce opposition to socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
“In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country’s constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant,” Trump said in a statement. “The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.”
“Shortly before Trump’s statement, Guaido said in a webcast from a protest in Caracas that he would assume the powers of the Venezuela presidency. He invoked a constitutional amendment that allows for the head of the legislature to lead a caretaker government until new elections can be held,” writes Bloomberg
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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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