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EU to 'take further actions' if Venezuela doesn't call new polls: Mogherini

Spain, France, Germany, Portugal and the United Kingdom on Saturday also gave Maduro an ultimatum of eight days to call new elections or they would recognise Guaido as president

AFP | PTI  |  Brussels 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with supporters in Caracas after the results of the election were released	Photo: Reuters
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with supporters in Caracas after the results of the election were released File photo: Reuters

The "will take further actions" if new elections are not called in in the coming days, EU said on Saturday, as pressure grows on embattled Venezuelan leader

Her statement came after the United States, and major South American governments recognised Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself in a challenge to Maduro.

"In the absence of an announcement on the organisation of fresh elections with the necessary guarantees over the next days, the EU will take further actions, including on the issue of recognition of the country's leadership," Mogherini said.

Spain, France, Germany, and the on Saturday also gave Maduro an ultimatum of eight days to call new elections or they would recognise Guaido as

The coordinated announcements are the most explicit yet from EU after the 28-member bloc struggled to draft a joint statement with regards to its position on the

Maduro's reelection last year was contested by the opposition and rejected by the US, EU and UN as a sham -- but he has until now retained the loyalty of the South American OPEC nation's powerful military.

Guaido, who is of the elected National Assembly, proclaimed himself of during massive street rallies this week.

"The EU reiterates its full support to the National Assembly, which is the democratic legitimate body of Venezuela," the Mogherini statement said.

"We reaffirm our deep belief that a is the only sustainable way out of the current political impasse."

After four years of economic collapse that has left Venezuelans short of and medicine and driven more than two million to flee, Guaido is trying to oust Maduro following elections that saw the sworn in for a second term.

First Published: Sat, January 26 2019. 22:55 IST
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