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European Union nations back Venezuelan opposition leader

European Union nations back Venezuelan opposition leader

Maduro is facing calls from a growing chorus of nations, including some of Venezuela's neighbors, to resign in the wake of last year's disputed presidential vote in which he won re-election.

Maduro has remained defiant as the swells of protest have grown inside and outside of Venezuela.

"Maduro also defied calls from other countries" for his resignation and fresh elections in the country if he did not step down.

"We have a huge relationship with different people in the army force". Jon Snow is joined by the Labour MP Chris Williamson, who like Jeremy Corbyn, has supported the Chavez and Maduro governments in Venezuela.

The 35-year-old Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly, has galvanized the opposition with a hopeful message.

On Saturday, an air force general defected to the opposition and reportedly fled to neighbouring Colombia, and posted a video on YouTube declaring that his country's transition to democracy was "imminent".

Nonetheless, Guterres said he was following the crisis in Venezuela "with a lot of concern".

On Monday, Maduro appealed to the "independent governments of the world" to reject the USA -backed efforts to oust him from power.

Guaido is "now the only legitimate representative of the Venezuelan state". Two plainclothed police officers escorted the two women out without incident.




He said: 'I'm not going to be a traitor, a weak man who turned his back on his historic commitments to his people.

"I spoke to Juan Guaido yesterday and was pleased to convey Canada's support personally", Mr. Trudeau told the Lima Group gathering. She rejected any suggestion that Canada or the Lima Group are fomenting an armed overthrow of the Maduro regime.

Sixteen European countries recognized Guaido on Monday.

The contact group comprises the European Union and eight of its member states - France, Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden - and four Latin American countries: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay. "A lot of those problems are a result of precisely of the economic sanctions levied against Venezuela and the fact that we've seen oil prices crash globally", he said. "That is why it is time to increase pressure", Guaido said through an interpreter, his enlarged image hovering over the gathering on a movie-theatre-sized screen.

Shipments aree also coming from Venezuelan companies overseas, Colombia, Canada and Germany.

The funds will go to "trusted partners" and neighbouring countries, he said.

Guaido says the May 2018 vote in which Maduro won a second term was a sham and on January 23 invoked a constitutional provision to declare himself president, promising free and fair elections.

Alan Duncan, Britain's minister for the Americas and Europe, said Maduro's "mismanagement and kleptocratic approach" are singularly responsible for crippling his country's economy. "If they want to help, then end the blockade and the sanctions". Mexico, a Lima Group member opposed to steps aimed at ousting Maduro, did not attend. They also urged Venezuela's military to support Guaido as interim president and "not to impede the entry and transit of humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who met the press along with Abe after their talks in Tokyo, said Guaido is the rightful person to take part in talks with Berlin and other European nations.

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