Venezuela: EU states set deadline for announcement of new election

In addition to the governments in Paris and Madrid, the Federal government The controversial Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro set an eight-day deadline to announce free and fair elections. Deputy Spokeswoman for the Federal Government, Martina Fietz, wrote on Twitter: "The people of Venezuela must be free to decide freely about their future." If elections were not announced within eight days, "we are ready to recognize Juan Guaidó as interim president."

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and French President Emmanuel Macron also set Maduro the deadline to set "free, transparent and democratic elections" within eight days at the latest. Sánchez called for the other 27 EU members to support this ultimatum.

On Wednesday, the power struggle between left-wing Nationalist President Maduro and the opposition escalated. The president of the disempowered parliament, Juan Guaidó, has appointed himself transitional president and openly challenged incumbent President Maduro. The US and a number of other states recognized Guaidó as interim president, whereupon Maduro broke off its diplomatic relations with the United States.

Venezuela – Juan Guaidó declares himself transitional president
The opposition leader openly challenges Head of State Nicolas Maduro and has the masses on his side. The US immediately recognized Guaido as the legitimate president.

© Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

The Federal government
draws the recognition
from Venezuela
Parliament President Juan Guaidó as head of state, should not
come immediately to new elections. "The call of millions in
Venezuela after democracy, after the possibility of the fate of their country in
free and fair elections must no longer be ignored
", said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) was also in power struggle in Venezuela
already put on the page Guaidós. "We are not
neutral on this issue, we are on the side of Guaidó, "said Maas
the German wave.

EU foreign policy chief
Federica
Mogherini
called for "free and credible elections" in Venezuela
and told the Opposition-led parliament the support of the
European Union too.

Nicolas Maduro had started his second term on January 10th. The held presidential election, however, had largely boycotted the opposition. Maduro is accused of increasingly turning Venezuela into an autocracy. Many opposition politicians are in detention or house arrest or have fled. Up to now, Maduro has been able to count on the support of the military, which controls large areas of the oil industry and the distribution of food. In addition, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua are among its allies.

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