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Feb 03, 2019
10:12AM

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro calls for early Legislative Elections

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Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to bring forward parliamentary elections this year in a bid to sideline opposition leader Juan Guaido's challenge to his authority.

The Parliamentary elections are scheduled for the end of 2020.
 
Guaido is the Parliament president and declared himself acting President of the country on January 23. He led a mass opposition street protest in Caracas yesterday demanding Maduro resign and hold new Presidential elections. 

Meanwhile four major European nations - Britain, France, Germany and Spain - have said they will join the United States and several Latin American countries in recognizing Guaido as interim President if Maduro doesn't call the Presidential elections by midnight on Sunday.

In a related development, a top US official has called on Venezuela's military to follow the lead of a general who sided with opposition leader Juan Guaido.

National Security Advisor John Bolton said in a tweet that the US calls on all military members to follow General Francisco Yanez's lead, and to protect the peaceful protestors supporting democracy. 

Yanez had posted a video of himself rejecting Maduro's authority and recognising Guaido, the National Assembly head, as the acting President.

 

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