Nicolas Maduro ally threatens U.S. embassy with power cut

Nicolas Maduro ally threatens U.S. embassy with power cut

Nicolas Maduro ally threatens U.S. embassy with power cut

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has given USA diplomats 72 hours to leave the country after Donald Trump recognised the country's opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as interim president.

Bolivia, Cuba, Turkey and Russian Federation, among others, have not followed suit and continue to back Maduro as the rightful president, accusing the USA and others of interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs.

In total, more than three million Venezuelans have left the country in the past three years.

To leave Venezuela, he sneaked across the lawless border with Colombia, so as not to raise suspicions among immigration officials who sometimes harass opposition figures at the airport and bar them from traveling overseas, said a different anti-government leader, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss security arrangements.

"Here we have dignity, damn it", Maduro said, giving United States diplomats 72 hours to depart.

The move comes as opposition leaders call for Venezuela's military to turn against Maduro.

"I am extremely concerned that the situation in Venezuela may rapidly spiral out of control with catastrophic consequences", Bachelet said. Others inside Venezuela were being heavily watched by intelligence agencies, and all were concerned about tipping off the government. "A point at which the global community has now said that they don't see this government as having worldwide legitimacy".

As President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez said: "The sovereignty of our peoples is expressed today in one's attitude toward Venezuela".

"For the most part, for a country not to recognize the existing government, is in many ways an interference in their own sovereign independence", he added.

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She said the Canada Venezuela Democracy Forum raises money to get supplies into Venezuelan public hospitals.

Mr Trump made the announcement as hundreds of thousands of protesters marched on the streets in Venezuela, calling for Mr Maduro to step down.

Ozkan, who is now a senior fellow at the Washington-based Centre for Global Policy, said that Venezuela and Turkey felt closer due to parallel experiences of attempted coups and attacks.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed "interim president" has appealed to the country's military to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and join his side, asking citizens to "extend a hand of friendship" to soldiers to convince them to defect.

Elsewhere in the Americas, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru all followed suit within two hours of the U.S. move. Venezuela's constitution says if the presidency is determined to be vacant, new elections should be called in 30 days and that the head of the congress should assume the presidency in the meantime.

Guaido has said he needs the backing of three critical groups: The people, the worldwide community and the military. "Even if we had a symbolic presence ... eventually, depending on how long this drags on, the feeding, the care for that contingent is going to be a problem", he said.

Two of Washington's closest friends in the Balkan region, Albania and Kosovo, have recognised the new self-declared president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido - in line with a host of other USA allies around the world.

"My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we stand by you!" presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, writing on Twitter, quoted Erdogan as saying. It has previously accused him of staging a coup and has threatened him with jail.

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