European Leaders recognize opposition leader New Venezuela President, as Crisis deepens
The UK, Spain and other European countries have officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.
It comes after Pesident Nicolás Maduro defiantly rejected the European Union’s Sunday deadline to call for elections.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says Guaidó has the “legitimacy” to organise a fresh presidential vote. Guaidó declared himself interim leader last month and won US backing.
Embattled president Maduro accuses him of organising a coup. He says he cannot rule out the possibility of a civil war as pressure mounts on him to stand down