Venezuela's army declares loyalty to Maduro

Venezuela's army declares loyalty to Maduro

Attention was focused on Venezuela's military, a traditional arbiter of political disputes in the country, as a critical indicator of whether the opposition will succeed in setting up a new government.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim leader on Wednesday, winning the support of Washington and parts of Latin America.

Maduro on Wednesday gave U.S. diplomats until Saturday afternoon to leave the country.

Bolivia, Cuba, Turkey and Russian Federation, among others, have not followed suit and continue to back Maduro as the rightful president, accusing the USA and others of interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs.

Mr Guaido, leader of the centre-left Popular Will Party, attempted to call an end to Maduro's "dictatorship" yesterday and was recognised by Mr Trump as the country's interim leader.

Maduro's government accuses the USA and others of launching an "economic war" against Venezuela, blaming them them for most of the country's problems. "We call on the OAS and all its member states to act on decent democratic principles and the incontrovertible facts on the ground", said Pompeo.

The Nepal Communist Party has criticized the USA and its allies' intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela, saying that the act is meant to "increase violence by dividing the people and challenging democracy, sovereignty and peace".

"They say they don't recognize Nicolas. OK".

"If Venezuela is free, I would love to go back to my country because that's the place where I grew up, that's the place where I have my family and that's the place I dream to be in the future", she said. The U.S. official spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns. "His initial tweet in support received thousands of shares and likes and a later one included the lines "#WeAreMaduro" and "#YankeeGoHome".

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Both Guaido, who has not appeared in public since mass anti-government protests on Wednesday, and Maduro were scheduled to hold news conferences on Friday.

The infographic below-created by Statista-shows the global split of nations either supporting Maduro or backing Guaido.

"I think that in this developing situation the United States is trying to carry out an operation to organise the next colour revolution in Venezuela", said Andrei Klimov, Russia's deputy chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Upper House of Parliament.

The Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., has suggested USA involvement in Venezuela's political chaos was created to distract Americans from the ongoing partial government shutdown, while Moscow has warned American leaders against military action in the embattled South American nation.

The Trump administration could impose sanctions on Venezuelan oil as soon as this week, according to sources.

In a video addressing the military earlier this week, Guiado said the constitution requires them to disavow Maduro after his May 2018 re-election, which was widely condemned by the worldwide community because his main opponents were banned from running.

They include Canada and a slew of right-leaning Latin American governments, including Venezuela's neighbours Brazil and Colombia.

In Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the Maduro government against the use of force against demonstrators in a speech to the Organisation of American States.