Foreign Secretary call with Juan Guaido: 30 January 2019

Foreign Secretary call with Juan Guaido: 30 January 2019

Foreign Secretary call with Juan Guaido: 30 January 2019

Guaido argues that Maduro was re-elected in a sham election past year, and is invoking two articles of Venezuela's constitution that he says allow him as the leader of the national assembly to assume the presidency and call elections when the current president is holding power illegitimately.

"What most suits Russian Federation and China is the country's stability and a change of government", he said. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has been closely following and exposing the Maduro regime, shared the terrifying news that Maduro troops had arrived at Guaido's house in Caracas on Thursday to intimidate him and his family.

As protests surrounded the swearing-in of Maduro's second term last month, National Assembly head Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president in a move quickly recognized by the Trump administration, which appointed Abrams to be its special envoy on Venezuela.

The United Nations is planning to hold talks in the coming days with Mexico and Uruguay, which have announced plans to hold a conference in Montevideo on February 7 on the political crisis in Venezuela.

Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, has stood by Maduro, calling him last week to express support. Trump has argued that the wall would stem the flow of undocumented immigration, especially from Latin America-a region with an extensive history of US intervention.

"We're in a historic battle", Maduro told several hundred troops standing in formation around armoured vehicles.

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So far, all indications are that the Venezuelan military is securely behind President Maduro, despite offers of amnesty and U.S. cajoling.

Maduro, who says he will remain for his second six-year term, has accused the opposition of attempting a US -backed coup.

The "National Plan" focuses on the opposition's vision for the economy and oil resources, but it also tackles public services, security, governability and society. Guaido led a peaceful demonstration Wednesday with residents stepping out of their homes and workplaces for two hours. The socialist government of Spain, which has strong historic, cultural and economic ties to Venezuela, has said it will do so on Monday if Maduro doesn't call a general election by Sunday. The US on Thursday urged all European countries to recognize Guaido.

Maduro also says the opposition strategy of trying to push him from office is illegal and led by hawks in the Trump administration, such as the recently appointed US special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, a veteran diplomat involved in the armed interventions in Central America in the 1980s.

Some European oil traders had temporarily stopped dealing with PDVSA while their lawyers weighed whether it's possible for non-U.S. entities to continue buying Venezuelan crude without falling foul of American sanctions, people familiar with the matter said earlier this week.

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