European Union states move to recognise Venezuela's Guaido - diplomats

Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with opposition

As Venezuela fell deeper into economic crisis years later, though, Maduro began selling them off to raise the cash he desperately needed for imports and to try, unsuccessfully, to avoid defaulting on the country's foreign debt.

Asked whether he has had any talks with Maduro, Guaido said simply: "No".

But the Argentine-born pontiff said a few days earlier that although he is terrified there could be a bloodbath in Venezuela, his pastoral role doesn't let him take sides.

The measures triggered higher global oil prices, angry responses from China and Russian Federation and the first serious moves against Mr Guaido since he challenged Mr Maduro's claim on the presidency last week. The parliamentary elections had been scheduled for 2020.

A former union leader, bus driver and foreign minister, the 56-year-old Maduro, who first took office in 2013, has faced waves of protests in recent years as he presided over hyperinflation and chronic food shortages.

The Supreme Court's order comes as tensions between the US and Venezuela reach a new high, with Maduro accusing the Trump administration of staging a coup against his presidency and Guaido seeking to consolidate an interim government under his own leadership.

Tens of thousands of protesters were set to pour onto the streets of Caracas on Saturday to back Mr Guaido's calls for early elections as global pressure increased on Mr Maduro to step down. "Being here now at this moment, we see hope finally", she said, speaking through a translator. He said assistance will also come from two more unnamed entry points.

There was no immediate response from the Maduro government.

"I wish Nicolas Maduro and his top advisors a long, quiet retirement, living on a nice beach somewhere far from Venezuela". U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified that Guaido has the authority to take control of any Venezuelan government accounts at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY or any other U.S. -insured banks.




The European Parliament has called on the EU's member states to recognize Guaido as the interim president.

Guaido, the president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, declared himself interim president last week after the Assembly declared that Maduro's re-election last May was illegitimate, as most opposition candidates either boycotted the race or were barred from running.

The gathering was one of several expected around the world to coincide with a rally planned by Guaido in Venezuela.

The gold held in Caracas and London is an important source of wealth for a nation that has plunged into extreme poverty under Maduro's socialist rule. "We don't know. We don't know because this man (Maduro) doesn't want to leave and is very defiant".

Washington has imposed sweeping sanctions on state-owned oil firm PDVSA in the toughest financial challenge yet to Maduro, as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump openly seeks to push him from power.

The opposition's priority is to end Maduro's grip on power and usher in a transition by holding democratic elections, Guaido said in the letter to Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he will defy a government ban on humanitarian aid by sending large convoys of medicine into the country with the help of neighboring countries.

In the video, General Francisco Yanez, a member of the air force's high command, called on other members of the military to defect, saying that he was rejecting Mr Maduro's "irritating and dictatorial authority".

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