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European Nations Recognize Juan Guaido As Venezuela’s Interim President



European Nations Recognize Juan Guaido As Venezuela’s Interim President

Some groups of major European nations, has recognized the Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido as the country’s Interim President on Today (Monday), urging Him to hold free and fair elections.

The coordinated move came after President Nicolas Maduro ignored a demand set by some European Union nations to call snap elections by the end of Sunday. Spain, the United Kingdom, France and Germany were among the European nations to recognize Guaido’s legitimacy.
“We will dedicate all our efforts to achieve peace, freedom and harmony of the Venezuelan people,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. He called on Guaido to hold “free, democratic presidential elections, with guarantees and without exclusions.”
British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter that the UK would recognize Guaido as interim president “until credible elections can be held.” A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May added that sanctions against Venezuela were also on the table, underlining that the Maduro regime must end.
Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Estonia and Sweden also said they would recognize Guadio as Venezuela’s interim president.
Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry denounced the groundswell of support for Guaido, suggesting that European governments were acting as part of a US-led effort to topple Maduro.
“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects decision adopted by some European governments, where they officially fold into this strategy led by the US administration to topple the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro — who the people of Venezuela elected in a sovereign, free and democratic way,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It was not clear why the EU as a whole did not recognize Guaido Speaking in Brussels on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that while the EU never recognized Venezuela’s elections last year as legitimate, the decision to recognize a head of state was up to individual EU members alone.

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