Venezuelan President Guaidó Urges China, Russia to Drop Support for Maduro

Venezuelan President Guaidó Urges China, Russia to Drop Support for Maduro

Pence said they were committed to the people of Venezuela before stressing that "Nicolas Maduro must go" for the people to have their rights.

On Thursday, Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who has helped spearhead the U.S.'s hard-line stance toward the Maduro regime, fired off a tweet calling out the United Arab Emirates' Noor Capital as the financial firm orchestrating the gold transaction with Venezuelan authorities.

Britain, France, Germany and Spain are expected to announce their direct recognition of Guaido from Monday, assuming an eight-day deadline they set last Saturday for an election is not met, diplomats said.

Mr Guaido said the European Union should consider increasing pressure on Maduro through further sanctions, and should collectively recognise him - Mr Guaido - as the constitutional interim President of Venezuela.

It's time for Maduro to get out of the way, " Bolton's tweet said.

In a country where the socialist leader's foes often end up behind bars, Guaido has thus far managed to avoid arrest, but in recent days authorities have let it be known that even as his powerful global support grows Guaido isn't untouchable. The strategy continued into the 21st century with State Department official Elliot Abrams-convicted, but later pardoned for his role in a plot to sell weapons to Iran in order to fund "contra" rebels against the socialist Sandinistas leading Nicaragua-being allegedly involved in a 2002 coup attempt against Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

"They were harassing my family, because we know this is their modus operandi", he said.

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

"We are aware of the initiative taken by Mexico and Uruguay", said Dujarric. The military's top leadership is backing Maduro, though analysts warn that rank-and-file troops frustrated by their country's economic and humanitarian crisis may not share their unwavering loyalty.

Maduro's adversaries say he has run roughshod over democratic institutions, including the opposition-run congress, and destroyed the once-buoyant economy through a corruption-riddled exchange control system and arbitrary nationalizations. Guaido led a peaceful demonstration Wednesday with residents stepping out of their homes and workplaces for two hours.

The U.S. government and Guaido are trying to appoint a new board of directors for Citgo.

The European Parliament has called on the EU's member states to recognize Guaido as the interim president.

"There is no possible discussion here".

"We are going to address the humanitarian emergency, stop inflation in its tracks, reactivate the oil industry and move towards the restoration of access to public goods and services", he said to cheers from the audience.

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