Venezuela's Guaidó Calls on Military to Reject Maduro

by Garry Watts February 3, 2019, 1:38
Venezuela's Guaidó Calls on Military to Reject Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed early parliamentary elections on Saturday, seeking to shore up his crumbling rule after a senior general defected to the opposition and tens of thousands thronged the streets in protest at his government.

He told officials: "Do not cross the red line".

Writing on Twitter on Saturday, Cox said: "The future of Venezuela has been taken out of the hands of Venezuelans by an increasingly corrupt and totalitarian state".

"The dictatorship thinks they will frighten us". Both Canada and the United States are backing Guaido, though the populist leader still has no control over state institutions or day-to-day governance.

The Kremlin will look at a message from the Venezuelan opposition leader when it arrives, but this does not mean Russia recognizes him as the country's president, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday.

"Instead, the way forward is the call for dialogue from the Mexican and Bolivian presidents".

Guaido declared himself interim president last week, a move that was supported by some two dozen countries. "They're not going to succeed in intimidating this Venezuelan family".

"This is no time for dialogue", Pence said at a church, prompting loud cheers among Venezuelan exiles.

The military's support is crucial for the embattled Maduro, who is deeply unpopular largely due to Venezuela's worsening economic crisis.

And last week, the Bank of England denied Maduro officials' request to withdraw US$1.2 billion of gold stored there after top USA officials, including Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, lobbied their United Kingdom counterparts to cut off the regime from its overseas holdings.

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On Saturday, Maduro said he was willing to sit down for talks with the opposition in an effort to promote national "harmony".

Still, Maduro is clinging to power, and intimidating the opposition while he's at it. Sen.

On Thursday workers from Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA - hit by new U.S. sanctions this week - held an "anti-imperialist" march in support of Maduro.

Brendan Cox, a former chief strategist at Save the Children, spoke out after the opposition leader attacked "outside interference" in the socialist South American country. Democracies around the world have since recognized his presidency, including the United States and Latin American neighbors like Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina.

Guaido said in the interview that the operation would be a "new test" of the military's loyalty toward the government.

Guaido has acknowledged "clandestine meetings" with members of the armed forces and security forces, who he is trying to woo with an amnesty offer.

Asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour whether he would accept USA military support, he said through an interpreter: "Here in Venezuela we are doing everything we can to put pressure, so that we don't have to come to a scenario that no one would wish to have".

"The Kremlin would deny that but the Kremlin does work through private mercenaries", Wigell said, adding that "the Maduro regime doesn't entirely trust its own armed forces anymore".

Although Arellano, along and his wife Mayra Lopez, left a year ago, they say the problems back home have only gotten worse.

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