European Union powers recognize Guaido as Venezuelan leader, demand free and fair elections

European Union powers recognize Guaido as Venezuelan leader, demand free and fair elections

European Union powers recognize Guaido as Venezuelan leader, demand free and fair elections

At the news conference closing today's meeting in Ottawa of the Lima Group of nations, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the idea that opposition to Maduro is part of a coup plot organized by western democracies "could not be further from the truth".

"I told him that I serve Christ's cause... and in this spirit I asked for his help, in a process of facilitating and strengthening dialogue", said Maduro, who has rejected calls for snap presidential elections.

"We hope that this process can be carried out as quickly and peacefully as possible".

"Individual EU Member States will acknowledge Mr. Juan Guaido, President of the National Assembly, as President ad interim of Venezuela", the proposed joint statement said, calling for "free, fair and democratic presidential elections".

The global split over Venezuela has left the United Nations in a quandary and Guterres' comments suggested that the world body would remain on the sidelines for now. Norway, not an European Union member, said it also was not recognising him.

In an interview with Spanish journalist Jordi Évole, Venezuela's president cited the Bible and past U.S. military debacles in an attempt to dissuade Washington from taking military action against Caracas.

The political crisis in oil-rich Venezuela has provoked a worldwide split, with a USA -led group of countries that have already recognized Guaido as interim president pitted against nations such as Russian Federation and China that support Maduro.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted out his support Monday saying France recognizes Guaido as Venezuela's "president in charge" and said "Venezuelans have the right to express themselves freely and democratically". "I tend to be an optimist; in this case, I do not have particularly positive expectations", European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters on Friday in Bucharest, as she announced the bloc could consider new sanctions against Maduro.

But David Lipton, the No. 2 at the International Monetary Fund, called Venezuela's economic crisis - marked by widespread food shortages, protracted hyperinflation and the loss of human capital through emigration - an "unprecedented economic storm" that will required generous, broad-based international support to overcome.

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So, he will not pay taxes for first 2.5 lakh, then 5% tax will be levied on Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh which will be Rs 12,500. In its interim budget, the government has proposed a number of tax sops that may tempt people to buy a second house.

After several years of opposition efforts to oust Maduro, Guaido declared himself acting president at a rally on January 23.

Central and South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru followed, as did the head of the Organization of American States, Uruguayan Luis Almagro.

Guaido is expected to announce a date for the arrival of humanitarian aid from the U.S. - a path Maduro believes will lead to a US-led military intervention.

"I think we are at a very critical point in the history of Venezuela", said Alan Duncan, Britain's junior foreign minister, among a number of European representatives attending the Lima Group meeting.

Maduro claims the USA pledge to deliver $20 million in aid relief precedes a military intervention.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $53-million in new Canadian funding to support the needs of Venezuelans, including the three million refugees who have been forced to flee the humanitarian crisis in the country.

"I refuse to call for elections now - there will be elections in 2024".

A special forces unit called FAES led home raids following unrest associated with opposition protests in January, killing as many as 10 people in a single operation in a hillside slum of Caracas.

The EU nations had attempted to pressure Mr. Eleven of its members have recognised Guaido.

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