Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Britain, France Back Protests Against Venezuela's Maduro

Britain, France Back Protests Against Venezuela's Maduro

It is hard to recognize Nicolas Maduro as the country's president, because "it was clear, that there were so many violations of voting rights that limit the ability to call it a democratic vote", Maas added.

President Donald Trump, left, talks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they tour the new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11, 2018.

The United States and major South American nations also recognised Guaido as interim leader on Wednesday. "That would create a unsafe precedent for any other person who would want to proclaim themselves the president of something".

Venezuela's elected leader, however, also received some global support.

The Venezuelan president's opponents blame his socialist government for the economic instability.

"President Trump has made no secret of the fact that he is not a fan of American deployments all over the world and American entanglements", Pence told Trish Regan Primetime.

This infographic shows which nations support Maduro and which support Guaido.

Several other countries have also declared they will recognise Mr Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

"My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we stand by you!" presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, writing on Twitter, quoted Erdogan as saying. Its hardships are further exacerbated by pressure from Washington that seeks to depose the current government led by Maduro. As Interim President Guaido noted yesterday: "Violence is the usurper's weapon; we only have one clear action: to remain united and firm for a democratic and free Venezuela, '" Trump said.

"Get Out! Leave Venezuela".

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The diplomats were likely to leave Caracas around midday on one of two daily flights to Miami by American Airlines, the last-remaining US carrier to serve Venezuela after Delta and United Airlines pulled out in 2017 amid a political crisis that has forced millions to flee the country.

But Guaido tweeted in response that, under him, Venezuela wants countries "to maintain their diplomatic presence in our country".

That announcement was followed two days later by Jamaica's decision to vote with 18 other members of the Organization of American States to reject the legitimacy of Maduro as president after what they dubbed a rigged election.

Earlier on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian Federation considers Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela and he warned against any outside attempts to usurp the supreme power of the country.

"A United States backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face. But we are living in a dictatorship", Guaido said from an undisclosed location.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed her country's "full support" for Guaido, adding: "It's an important day for Venezuela and I'm grateful for the solidarity of the Lima Group in speaking out on this".

Elsewhere in the Americas, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru all followed suit within two hours of the USA move.

The three holdouts included Mexico, which has maintained a principle of non-intervention under leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, as well as Guyana and Saint Lucia.

Venezuela's top military brass pledged their unwavering support to Maduro, delivering vows of loyalty Thursday before rows of green-uniformed officers on state television.

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