Maduro denounces election ultimatum, says Guaido violating constitution

Maduro denounces election ultimatum, says Guaido violating constitution

After the United States, along with Canada, several South American nations and the European Union moved to declare Maduro's presidency illegitimate, the tyrant had basically cut off relations with America.

Opposition demonstrators clash with security forces during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on the anniversary of the 1958 uprising that overthrew the military dictatorship, in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 23, 2019.

Russia, China, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea also blocked a US push for a U.N. Security Council statement expressing full support for Venezuela's National Assembly as the country's "only democratically elected institution".

On Saturday, the Venezuelan crisis was hotly debated on both sides of the Atlantic.

EU powers shifted toward the US position with envoys of the United Kingdom and Germany saying the European Union would recognize Guaido as interim president unless a new election is called within eight days.

The appointment of Elliot Abrams follows the Trump administration's decision this week to recognize the leader of Venezuela's parliament as the country's legitimate leader and call for President Nicolas Maduro to step down. No more delays, no more games.

"It's not time to be afraid, it's not time to back off, it's time to respect the people of Venezuela".

"Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America and countries in Europe in recognising the new leadership in Venezuela", Netanyahu said in a statement published on his Facebook page.

On Saturday, the Maduro government announced it had suspended a directive for all USA diplomats to leave Venezuela within 72 hours and instead would allow them to remain in the country while talks for a potential "interests offices" take place over the next 30 days.

China said it is opposed to any foreign interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela and called for the peaceful solution of the crisis.

"We have no plans to close the embassy", a State Department official said Sunday. "Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with [Nicolas] Maduro and his mayhem", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the UNSC on Saturday.

The Pope refused again to say if the Holy See would recognise Mr Guaido in his claim for the presidency.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Sunday rejected an ultimatum from the United Kingdom and four other European countries giving him eight days to call new elections, describing the move as "complete insolence".

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the U.S. of attempting to orchestrate a "shameless, obvious" coup.

The country's foreign ministry issued a statement saying that far-left President Nicolas Maduro was suspending the expulsion of United States diplomats, to allow for a 30-day window to negotiate with American officials. "Where do you get that you have the power to establish a deadline or an ultimatum to a sovereign people", Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told the Security Council.

The first major military officer to publicly switch his support to Guaido was Venezuela's military attache in Washington, Army Colonel Jose Luis Silva.

The United Nations political chief Rosemary DiCarlo warned council members that the situation is "cause for serious concern".

For now, though, Guaido is operating a government-in-exile, leading his nation in an unofficial-yet-official capacity, having declared Maduro's re-election, in May, illegitimate, and a violation of the Venezuelan constitution.

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