Pence in Florida: Time to end Maduro regime in Venezuela

Pence in Florida: Time to end Maduro regime in Venezuela

Pence in Florida: Time to end Maduro regime in Venezuela

The Trump administration has banned US companies from doing business with PDVSA but allowed a six-month grace period for companies with ongoing operations in the South American country.

And with the USA last month formally recognising opposition leader as Guaido and Russian Federation and China supporting Maduro, Venezuela is fast becoming a proxy battleground for the world's major powers.

"This is no time for dialogue", Pence said at a church, prompting loud cheers among Venezuelan exiles.

The announcement was welcomed by huge crowds in the capital and recognised by a chorus of world leaders, including US Vice President Mike Pence, who issued a video message supporting Guaido's "courageous decision".

The European Parliament has called on EU member states to recognize Guaido as interim president.

The EU legislature approved by a 439-104 margin a resolution that also condemned the continued violence and the detention of journalists who sought to cover events there.

The US and more than 20 countries have backed Guaido while Maduro has the support of Russia, China and Turkey.

"Mr. Maduro's time is running out, but in order to manage his exit with the minimum of bloodshed, all of Venezuela must unite in pushing for a definitive end to his regime", Guaido wrote, adding that any transition of power could not happen without support from "pro-democratic governments" and "key military contingents".

And four major European powers - Britain, France, Germany and Spain - have said they will do so if Maduro fails to call presidential elections by midnight on Sunday, February 2.

Guaido, Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president, had sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday, requesting humanitarian aid for "millions" deprived of health care and basic food.

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China has extended more than United States dollars 60 billion in credit to the South American country over the last decade, but Venezuela still owes Beijing about USD 20 billion and has been repaying the debt with oil shipments.

"The dictatorship thinks they will frighten us". Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, all from Florida. Maduro claims he is victim of a coup directed by the United States.

Still, Maduro is clinging to power, and intimidating the opposition while he's at it. Sen. In a round-table discussion, he also heard from other Venezuelans refugees such as a former city councilman who says he was accused of being a Central Intelligence Agency agent.

CARACAS, Venezuela - Tens of thousands of protesters were set to pour onto the streets of Caracas on Saturday, February 2 to back opposition leader Juan Guaido's calls for early elections as global pressure increased on President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

"Presidential elections in Venezuela have taken place, and if imperialists want new elections let them wait until 2025", he said in an apparent reference to Washington.

Mayra Lopez told Pence her family was scattered across Latin America.

This combined with Mr Trump's reluctance to commit United States troops to foreign wars, makes the prospect of a US-led invasion unlikely.

"We're seeing some light at the end of the tunnel".

"I don't underestimate the threat of persecution at the moment, but here we are", he added.

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