Prison » Eight European Countries Recognise Guaido as Interim Venezuelan Leader

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.”

“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.

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