Maduro regime in disarray as Venezuelan military envoy to United States defects

Venezuela Abandons Demand That U.S. Diplomats Leave

Venezuela Abandons Demand That U.S. Diplomats Leave

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday (Jan 27) rejected a European ultimatum that he call elections as opposition rival Juan Guaido stepped up appeals to the military to turn against the leftist government.

"I am not the attorney general. This pertains to the justice system", he told CNN Turk's Cuneyt Ozdemir.

Maduro's assertion was based on reports that Vice President Mike Pence had promised to support Guaidó only days before the opposition leader declared himself to be in charge of the country.

The military has thus far been the most important pillar of support for leftist regime, which was ushered into power more than 20 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez.

But France and Britain joined Spain and Germany in turning up the pressure on Maduro, saying they would recognise Guaido as president unless Venezuela calls a new presidential election within eight days.

In a statement issued on January 26, the European Union called for the "urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections in accordance with internationally democratic standards and the Venezuelan constitutional order".

Bolton said he expects Monday's actions against PDVSA - the acronym for the state-owned oil company -will result in more than $11 billion in lost export proceeds over the next year. "All of Europe is bowing down to Donald Trump".

"The people of Venezuela believe in each one of you", Silva said, handing them the leaflets. He despises all of America and the Caribbean. "So, I think the president of the United States is looking at this extraordinarily closely".

"This is the reason for the coup". Maduro led on Sunday military maneuvers with soldiers, as the opposition went to barracks to deliver to the uniformed of the country the text of a law with which they seek to get them to disown the president.

"They sabotage us and try to destroy the economic system". "This is complete insolence", he said.

"We will continue denouncing United States lies, and I will continue to encourage national dialogue because I am up for a dialogue with all the political opposition, with the opposition media", the Venezuelan president said. "I think dialogue should prevail". "I believe in dialogue".

Guaido asked the crowd.

Touching upon Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call after the incidents, Maduro said: "Mr. Erdogan is a fearless man who respects values".

The stand-off has plunged troubled Venezuela into a new chapter of political turmoil that has already left more than two dozen dead as thousands took to the streets demanding Maduro step down.

"The United States looks forward to working with Mr. Vecchio and other diplomatic staff as designated by interim President Guaido", Pompeo said. "Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem".

The increased USA supply - the United States is now the world's largest oil producer - and the economic slowdown are weighing on the oil price outlook. He is pro-war. He's not a true diplomat.

"Once again, Venezuela will overcome this coup, and no imperial power will break the moral resistance of the people of Venezuela".

Pope Francis, winding up a trip to Panama, said Sunday he was praying that "a just and peaceful solution is reached to overcome the crisis, respecting human rights".

Maduro, who maintains the backing of the military, has accused the U.S. and Guaido of attempting to engineer a coup.

U.S. energy firms last week increased the number of rigs looking for new oil for the first time since late December to 862, Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its weekly report on Friday.

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