News / World by Press Association 28/01/2019, 7:27 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The struggle for control of Venezuela has turned to the military, with supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido handing leaflets to soldiers detailing a proposed amnesty law that would protect them for helping overthrow president Nicolas Maduro. At the same time, Mr Maduro demonstrated his might, wearing tan fatigues as he watched heavy artillery fired into a hillside and boarded an amphibious tank. Addressing soldiers in an appearance on state TV, Mr Maduro asked whether they were plotting with the “imperialist” United States, which he accused of openly leading a coup against him. “No, my commander-in-chief,” they shouted in unison, and Mr Maduro responded: “We’re ready to defend our homeland — under any circumstance.” The duelling appeals from the two rivals again put the military centre stage in the global … [Read more...] about Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro court the military in Venezuelan power struggle
News / UK and world by Press Association January 26, 2019, 2:59 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that the UK will recognise Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela if fair elections are not announced within eight days. The move marks a ratcheting-up of pressure on president Nicolas Maduro who faces international demands to give way to Mr Guaido, who is head of the South American country’s national assembly. Mr Hunt Tweeted: “After banning opposition candidates, ballot box stuffing and counting irregularities in a deeply flawed election it is clear Nicolas Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela. “@jguaido is the right person to take Venezuela forward. If there are not fresh & fair elections announced within 8 days UK will recognise him as interim President to take forward the political process towards democracy. Time for a new start for the suffering ppl of … [Read more...] about UK set to recognise Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela – Hunt
News / World by Press Association 24/01/2019, 3:27 pm Updated: 24/01/2019, 3:33 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The rise of Juan Guaido from back-bench obscurity to the US-backed, self-declared interim president of Venezuela in just three weeks has been meteoric – and by his own recognition risky. Few Venezuelans had even heard of the fresh-faced, 35-year-old politician when he was plucked from anonymity and named as president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly in early January. The move set up a high-stakes standoff with President Nicolas Maduro, who is increasingly seen as a dictator both at home and abroad. Instead of backing down, Mr Guaido stunned Venezuelans on Wednesday by declaring himself interim president before cheering supporters in Venezuela’s capital Caracas, buoyed by massive anti-government protests. And support from US President Donald Trump, Canada and numerous Latin American countries, along with … [Read more...] about Who is Venezuelan would-be president Juan Guaido?
World President Donald Trump formally recognized Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, as the South American country’s “interim president” in full rejection of Nicolas Maduro’s government. “Today, I am officially recognizing the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela,” Trump said on Wednesday. The decision was expected, as top administration officials had already voiced support for Guaido and the opposition controlled National Assembly. “The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law,” the president said. “I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy,” he added, encouraging other nations to follow the lead of the United States. Guaido, 35, has led the political opposition in … [Read more...] about Who Is Juan Guaido? Trump Officially Recognizes Venezuela’s National Assembly Leader As ‘Interim President’
President Donald Trump recognized the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela on Wednesday. President Trump said that the Venezuelan National Assembly was the “only legitimate branch of government” remaining in the country, despite Nicolas Maduro’s attempt to keep power.“The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law,” Trump wrote in a statement. A senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday that “all options are on the table” regarding the enforcement of Trump’s declaration, including diplomatic steps and economic sanctions. The official noted that the administration was conferring with Latin American countries such as Columbia, Brazil, and Peru on declaring that the Maduro government was “illegitimate.” Also included are Canada, the European Union, and Japan. Trump announced … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Recognizes Juan Guaido as Interim President of Venezuela