EU parliament recognizes Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

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National Assembly President Juan Guaido

By Caribbean News Now contributor

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The European Parliament on Thursday recognised Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido as de facto head of state, increasing international pressure on Nicolás Maduro.

EU lawmakers voted 439 in favour to 104 against, with 88 abstentions, at a special session in Brussels in a non-binding vote to recognize National Assembly president Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader.

The parliament urged the bloc’s 28 governments to follow suit and consider Guaido “the only legitimate interim president” until there were “new free, transparent and credible presidential elections”.

Britain, France, Germany and Spain said on Saturday that they would recognize Guaido unless Maduro called elections within eight days.

Maduro dismissed the demands as an unacceptable ultimatum from the corrupt elite of spent colonial powers.

“The leaders of Europe are sycophants, kneeling behind the policies of Donald Trump,” he said at the weekend.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said governments including Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy would take part in a so-called international contact group, along with Bolivia, Ecuador and other countries to try to bring the Venezuelan opposition and Maduro closer, avoid repression and agree new elections.

“It is not about mediating. It is not about creating forms of dialogue. We have seen processes before that have been indeed used just to buy time,” Mogherini said, adding that the group would be terminated after 90 days if it did not make progress.

“The purpose of the exercise is to accompany the country in a peaceful and democratic manner towards peaceful and democratic and free elections,” she said.

Mogherini also warned that more economic sanctions were an option if dialogue with Maduro failed.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Really Contributor! You had to be one of the most unsavory, ignorant and foolish imperialist lap dog, one has ever come across. You bring nothing of intellectual worth to CaribbeanNewsNow readership. Nothing anyone can consider as informative or newsworthy…absolutely nothing!
    You constantly delight in posting, berating and repeating negative opposition anti-Maduro right-wing rubbish, which leaves no doubt in one’s mind as to your slavishness and unwavering love of and for US Imperialism and world domination.
    You’re downright despicable as a journalist; absolutely which you’re not. More like a propagandist.
    One just needs to look at all of your postings on this site, especially on Venezuelan matters to get the gist of your anti-Maduro pro-opposition imperialist loving MO.

    On the other hand, there has been so many positive developments that have followed in the wake of this U.S. “regime change interventionist attack” on Venezuela/Maduro including regional and international outcry unanimously discrediting this attack, but definitely not worth reporting on by our doggedly Contributor; doesn’t serve him or his handlers interests. Contributor, you suck. Really!

  2. Every day he stays in power, humanitarian aid is delayed and people are starving to death. The world has finally recognized the disaster that is socialism. To think otherwise would be to deny reality.

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