Venezuela general backs Guaido in video

Venezuela general backs Guaido in video

Venezuela general backs Guaido in video

This month's protests have received overwhelming support from overseas, with the U.S., Canada and many others already recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

"We have a plan, well thought out, structured", Guaido said at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences in the Central University of Venezuela on Thursday, noting that "it is the sum of many sacrifices".

Guaido moved to expand his worldwide support by reassuring China - Venezuela's main creditor and a long-time ally of the socialist regime - that he would honor bilateral agreements if successful in ousting Maduro.

Idriss Jazairy, a special rapporteur focusing on the negative impact of sanctions, expressed concern about "reports" that the US sanctions were "aimed at changing the government of Venezuela".

He repeated a message that Donald Trump has given before regarding consideration a military intervention, and said "all options are on the table".

Russian Federation still recognizes Nicolas Maduro instead of opposition leader Juan Guaido as the Venezuelan president and hopes bilateral cooperation between the two countries will continue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

Guaido argues that Maduro's re-election previous year was rife with fraud, and he has invoked two articles of Venezuela's constitution which he says give him the right to assume presidential powers.

In an interview Thursday, Guaido told The Associated Press that the move will be a "new test" for Venezuela's military, whose top brass has sided with socialist President Nicolas Maduro since protests against his rule broke out last week. As Venezuela fell deeper into economic crisis years later, though, Maduro began selling them off to raise the cash he desperately needed for imports and to try, unsuccessfully, to avoid defaulting on the country's foreign debt.

Guaido declared last week that he's interim president of Venezuela and vowed to topple Maduro's administration.

"We are not just taking aid from the United States", Guaido said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official urged Venezuelan military officials to accept Guaido's offer of amnesty if they backed his claim.

The 56-year-old was re-elected last May in voting boycotted by the majority of the opposition and dismissed as fraudulent by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States (OAS).

Maduro on Friday continued a show of strength as commander-in-chief that has seen him criss-cross Venezuela to oversee military exercises in recent days as he vows to defend his socialist government no matter the cost.

"They (the opposition) want to bring forward elections, let's have elections", he said in a reference to the opposition.

The United States has recognized Guaido as interim president.

"Nicolas Maduro has got big problems".

Maduro remains dug in, blaming the White House for openly backing what he calls a coup to remove him from power and exploit his country's vast oil wealth.

Chevron CEO Michael Wirth says that, "For the foreseeable future, we feel like we can maintain a good stable operation and a safe operation on the ground in Venezuela".

Maduro visited China in September, striking energy and gold mining deals as he sought Beijing's support for his crisis-hit nation.

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