Guaido announces date for aid to enter Venezuela

Venezuela's Supreme Court says Guaido's status invalid

Venezuela's Supreme Court says Guaido's status invalid

Maduro was inaugurated to a second term at the beginning of January after elections a year ago that were boycotted by many Venezuelans and accused of being rampant with voter fraud by many in the worldwide community.

Well, it's interesting, Judy, because a - the humanitarian aid is normally thought of as being purely humanitarian.

The announcement earned immediate praise from US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who hailed the Jewish state for "standing with the people of Venezuela and the forces of freedom and democracy".

More than 40 percent of Venezuela's oil, which makes up 96 percent of its revenue, is sold to the United States, and Washington is using sanctions as an attempt to starve Maduro's regime of its funding.

Italy's populist government is also calling for elections in Venezuela, but is stopping short of joining its European Union allies in recognising opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.

"The Ku Klux Klan governing the White House today wants to take possession of Venezuela", Maduro said in an interview with the BBC.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó - the man most western governments have recognised as interim president - called supporters into the streets across the country Tuesday in a campaign to break the military's support of President Nicolas Maduro, who refuses to let emergency food and medicine from the United States across the border.

Once again, a direct order to the armed forces at this time: "Allow the necessary humanitarian aid to enter to take care of your families, your sister, your mother, your wife, who surely need supplies and some of whom, unfortunately, surely also have certain health conditions", he told reporters on Sunday.

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Maduro has denounced the aid as a US-orchestrated show to overthrow his socialist government and said it will not be let into the country.

The Venezuelan military meanwhile announced it had started conducting exercises, set to run until Friday, to "reinforce the country's defensive capacity".

FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan exiled veteran opposition figure and former mayor of Caracas Antonio Ledezma wears an Order Medal Of Cruzeiro Do Sul after receiving it form Brazil's Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira (not pictured), at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil April 27, 2018. The current wave kicked off on January 23, with a massive protest in Caracas during which Guaido was sworn in as president in front of thousands of supporters.

The Vatican, which has offered to mediate, called for respect for rights and avoidance of bloodshed after Guaido's bid to end two decades of increasingly authoritarian leftist rule in the volatile OPEC member nation of 30 million people. A few thousand people gathered, including many state employees, holding "Defend the Country" banners.

"We're in Italy to seek more support for our President @jguaido", tweeted Ledezma.

He did not explain how it had entered the country.

He said it was a small-scale donation, given that the government has so far blocked deliveries from Cucuta. He has also promised amnesty.

Washington has said it will turn over control of those resources to Guaido once Maduro has been removed from power. Maduro counters that he is victim of an "economic war".

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