Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Venezuela: President Maduro vows to defeat coup

Venezuela: President Maduro vows to defeat coup

The domestic opposition, the United States and right leaning Latin American governments declined to recognize the result of the vote. No more delays, no more games. "Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem".

Germany has joined France and Spain in saying it will recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela if President Nicolas Maduro's government doesn't hold new presidential elections.

While US diplomats have until Sunday to leave the country after Maduro cut off diplomatic relations with the US for supporting Guaido, Luthfi said there was no reason for Indonesia to follow suit.

President Emmanuel Macron says France is ready to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's "president in charge" if no elections are held within eight days.

"The fact that USA policy towards Venezuela and other countries in the region is destructive is, in my opinion, self-evident". "We think every country ought to recognize the Venezuelan constitution, the demands of the Venezuelan people".

Protestors rally in support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro outside the Venezuelan Consulate in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 24, 2019. Nevertheless, he's faced some setbacks, including massive demonstrations against his regime earlier this week.

The Bank of England blocked Venezuela's attempts to retrieve $1.2 billion worth of gold stored as the nation's foreign reserves in Britain, sources told Bloomberg on Friday.

Guaido said he would reject any negotiations that did not include Maduro's exit, the setting up of a transition government, and free elections to pick a new president.

The UN Security Council will meet today at the request of the USA to discuss the crisis.

The talks were "unsuccessful", as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the national security advisor to President Donald Trump, John Bolton, pressured their British counterparts to freeze the Venezuelan assets, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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His comments on Sunday, though, are not dissimilar to President Barack Obama's wariness toward football. He says equipment, including helmets, has improved "but it hasn't solved the problem".

President Maduro was sworn into power for a second term earlier this month, but there has been worldwide pressure for a new vote after claims of vote-rigging.

United Nations human rights boss Michelle Bachelet called on Friday for an investigation into alleged excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against protesters, adding that she was "extremely concerned" that the situation could rapidly spiral out of control.

Moscow has helped Maduro's government through loans and weapons exports.

A US flag at the USA embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, January 24, 2019.

"This is a gross abuse of the prerogatives of the members of the Security Council", Nebenzya said.

He stated that global media has been putting pressure on Venezuela and manipulating facts about the South American country.

The Security Council debate underscores the wider geopolitical tussle that's likely to block any coordinated worldwide action to improve the lot of the South American nation, whose once prosperous, oil-rich economy has been wracked by widespread food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation.

"Venezuela's affairs must and can only be chosen and decided by the Venezuelan people themselves", Hua said. "We must do all we can to prevent a worsening of tensions".

Though over a dozen nations are recognizing Guaido as president, Maduro still has the support of the military and powerful, longtime allies like Russian Federation and China.

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