Guaido renews appeal to Venezuela military

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Venezuela centrist opposition leader Juan Guaidó, left, has made a claim to the presidency and called for elections as the leftist incumbent Nicolas Maduro faces massive protests against his rule across the country. His declaration during a day of widespread anti-government demonstrations has been followed by violent clashes between protesters and security forces that have killed at least two dozen people in recent days. No more delays, no more games.

Russia's UN Ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, rejected that view, saying the United States was imposing its own "approaches and recipes" to resolve the problems on the ground in Venezuela. "Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem".

The United States, Canada and many Latin American countries which had refused to recognize Maduro's May 2018 re-election immediately endorsed Guaido as the interim president, setting up the tense showdown in crisis-torn Venezuela.

"Pompeo, I see him desperate and full of hate". Abrams is a former assistant secretary of state for Latin America who worked at the White House when a 2002 coup in Venezuela briefly ousted Maduro's predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez. The US was supported by its allies in the region while several European countries simultaneously issued an ultimatum that new elections should be called for within eight days.

The Top United Nations political official told the Security Council on Saturday that dialogue and cooperation were vital to ending the crisis in Venezuela. The Security Council's five veto-holding permanent members could not unite behind a statement on Venezuela, presenting widely differing texts.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza dismissed the deadline.

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"If there are not fresh & fair elections announced within eight days, United Kingdom will recognise him as interim president to take forward the political process towards democracy".

Guaido said he is acting in accordance with two articles of the constitution that give the National Assembly president the right to hold power temporarily and to call for new elections.

Colonel Jose Luis Silva declared himself a supporter of Guaido, saying: "He is the only legitimate president".

Rubio, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", said that the United States is "simply supporting the democratic institutions" in Venezuela, along with many other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

John Bolson sent a tweet Sunday warning there would be "a significant response" to "any violence and intimidation against USA diplomatic personnel, Venezuela's democratic leader, Juan Guiado, or the National Assembly itself". "They sabotage us and try to destroy the economic system", Maduro said, expressing confidence that "Venezuela will overcome this coup, and no imperial power will break the moral resistance of the people".

Rubio, in a separate interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, said that Trump has "never needed any convincing on Venezuela" and has raised the issue for discussion with the senator more than the other way around.