Amid mass arrests, Maduro won't touch rival Guaido

Amid mass arrests, Maduro won't touch rival Guaido

Amid mass arrests, Maduro won't touch rival Guaido

John Bolton, head of the National Security Council, said that the Venezuelan government "can no longer loot the assets of the Venezuelan people".

The second, on Saturday, will be a "big national and global rally to back the support of the European Union and the ultimatum" from Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands that they would recognize Guaido as interim president unless Maduro calls elections by February 3.

Mr Maduro told CNN Turk that American "power in the world is in decline and it's ending".

So far, the USA has stuck with economic and diplomatic pressure in dealing with the situation in Venezuela.

He contends that Maduro's re-election to a second six-year term was fraudulent.

FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido accompanied by his wife Fabiana Rosales, speaks to the media after a holy Mass at a local church in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 27, 2019.

"We are waiting for you and the commitment you have to our constitution", Guaido said.

The Venezuelan president said he was initially unaware of July 2016 defeated coup in Turkey - organized by Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) - and added he saw photographs of people on the streets.

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Vecchio, who lives in Florida, met with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale. He called the Maduro regime an "illegitimate Mafia state" and criticized countries who support him, including Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba. Venezuelan diplomats in Washington were already returning to Caracas on Saturday, he said. But Pompeo said the United States doesn't recognize Maduro's power to expel the diplomats, and Guaido called on Venezuela's diplomats to remain in the United States.

Australia has announced it will recognise Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's interim president.

This weekend, Guaido's supporters maintained a united front from NY and Brussels to the streets of Caracas, and the country's military attache in Washington declared allegiance to the newcomer.

At a Caracas rally the Guaido said he would announce a date for "a grand march", and called on supporters to circulate copies of amnesty measures approved by the National Assembly to friends and relatives in the military.

Guaido has won wide global support, including from the United States. Whether or not this is true, Pence did deliver a video statement last week in which he declared "unwavering support" for the anti-Maduro protesters in Venezuela and told them that "we stand with you, and we will stay with you until democracy is restored".

"Venezuela does not pose any threat to peace and security".

Venezuela has sunk into turmoil under President Nicolas Maduro, with ongoing food shortages and daily protests amid an economic and political crisis.

He accused Russian Federation and China of "propping up a failed regime in the hopes of recovering billions of dollars in ill-considered investments and assistance made over the years". The country sends 41 percent of its oil exports to the U.S. Critically, U.S. refiners are among the few customers that pay cash to Venezuela for its oil.

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