February 4, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed on Monday his rejection of European states’ ultimatum to hold a new presidential vote in Venezuela, emphasizing the legitimacy of the recent election.
Eight more countries — Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, Austria and Sweden have recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.
“The eight-day period for convening free democratic and transparent elections in Venezuela has expired. The Kingdom of the Netherlands recognizes Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela. We want freedom and democracy to return to Venezuela as soon as possible,” Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said via Twitter that “Venezuelans have the right to express themselves freely and democratically. France recognizes Guaido as “president in charge” to implement an electoral process.”
Los Venezolanos tienen el derecho de expresarse libremente y democráticamente. Francia reconoce a @jguaido como “presidente encargado” para implementar un proceso electoral. Apoyamos al Grupo de contacto, creado con la UE, en este período de transición. https://t.co/7cgpdgz7TN
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 4, 2019
“I recognise the president of Venezuela’s assembly, Mr Juan Guaido, as president in charge of Venezuela,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a televised statement.
At the same time, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has turned to Twitter to express the UK’s support for the opposition leader.
Nicolas Maduro has not called Presidential elections within 8 day limit we have set. So UK alongside European allies now recognises @jguaido as interim constitutional president until credible elections can be held. Let’s hope this takes us closer to ending…