Venezuelan President Nicola Maduro rejected European countries' appeals for early elections, declaring the statement of the opposition leader as constitutionally null.
Turk kicked off on Sunday, a day after France, Germany and Spain threatened to recognize opposition leader Juan Guido as president if elections were not announced within eight days. the whole can recognize Guaydo if no steps are taken for new elections "in the coming days".
Maduro's Foreign Minister Jorge Areas had already rejected the deadline at an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council on Saturday. "Venezuela will not allow anyone to impose on us any decision or order," said Areas, adding that Caracas has "excellent friends" who can call for support to defend himself.
Washington, who was among the first to recognize Guaydo as the leader of the oil-rich country, called on the world on Saturday to "choose a country" for Venezuela and financially give up the Maduro government.
"It is time for every other nation to choose a country, no more delays, no more games, or you stand with the forces of freedom or you are in alliance with Maduro and his chaos," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday [1
Engineer by profession, Guido was elected to the National Assembly in 2015
serves as the head of the controller In the meantime, on Saturday, Maduro seemed to return to his decision to expel US diplomatic staff from Venezuela, and gave him a 72-hour deadline to withdraw his diplomats from the country
Maduro said told CNN that he was open to dialogue with President Donald Trump, who he sees as unlikely, but not entirely impossible
Maduro has retained the loyalty of the country's armed forces, with the exception of the withdrawal of a military attache in Washington DC promised the faithfulness of Guy to. of Guaido, saying: "He is the only legitimate president."
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