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Trump 'Considering Recognizing' Venezuela Opposition Leader as President in Radical Move to Push Regime Change
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48770"><span class="small">Chris Riotta, The Independent</span></a>   
Friday, 18 January 2019 13:15

Riotta writes: "Donald Trump is said to be considering recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate president, increasing the pressure on Nicolas Maduro as he begins a second term amid international condemnation."

Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro. (photo: Manaure Quintero/Reuters)
Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro. (photo: Manaure Quintero/Reuters)

Trump 'Considering Recognizing' Venezuela Opposition Leader as President in Radical Move to Push Regime Change

By Chris Riotta, The Independent

18 January 19

The possible move arrives as Latin American nations disavow Nicolas Maduro's allegedly fraudulent re-election

onald Trump is said to be considering recognising opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate president, increasing the pressure on Nicolas Maduro as he begins a second term amid international condemnation.

Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress has announced it will reject any actions taken by Mr Maduro, calling him a “usurper” with no legitimate claim to governance. The move arrives as countries in Latin America disavow the president’s re-election in a vote that saw low-turnout and hundeds of allegations of election law violations.

Mr Guaido is the president of Venezuela’s elected National Assembly and has recently invoked Article 233, demanding a free and fair election.

That decision was supported by the White House, with National Security Adviser John Bolton saying in a statement the US backed “the courageous decision of the National Assembly President, Juan Guaido, to invoke protections under Venezuela’s constitution and declare that Maduro does not legitimately hold the country's presidency.“

Vice President Mike Pence has also rejected Mr Maduro’s second term, decrying the Venezuelan president as a “dictator with no legitimate claim to power” after his swearing in earlier this month.

The declaration from Congress calls for a “political transition” to a new government.

“Today Congress declares that at this time there is no president of the republic,” Jorge Millan, an opposition legislator, said in a speech. “Let's start the process to recover the constitutional order,” he said.

The Congress also prroved a measure asking dozens of foreign governments to freeze bank accounts controlled by Mr Maduro's government.

Congress has requested governments instruct regulatory agencies to “prohibit any movement of liquid assets by the Venezuelan state in local bank accounts”.

The governments include the United States, European Union, and Latin American neighbors such as Chile and Brazil. The United States and EU have already imposed sanctions that limit the sale of Venezuelan government debt and freeze assets belonging to Maduro and a number of his top officials.

Asked if further sanctions could be in the pipeline, a White House spokesman said the United States was considering “all diplomatic, political, and economic tools in its arsenal in response to the usurpation of power by the illegitimate Maduro regime.”

The United States and many Latin American nations say Mr Maduro has become a dictator whose failed state-led policies have plunged Venezuela into its worst ever economic crisis, with no recovery in sight.

Mr Maduro says that a US-directed “economic war” is trying to force him from power and has defended his re-election, saying last week, “We're a real democracy and I, Nicolas Maduro Moros, I am a truly democratic president.”

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+4 # tedrey 2019-01-18 23:45
The American adminstration might not want to encourage Americans to consider such an occurrence too seriously; it might appear that it could also be attractive closer to home.
+5 # rusistan 2019-01-19 00:11
To be consistent then other nations should recognize Mrs Clinton as President of USA. After all, in an election rife with voter surpression and foreign intervention she actually won the popular vote but a non-elected usurper has taken her position!
+2 # lfeuille 2019-01-19 19:12
And Bernie would have won the primary without interference from the DNC. going back to Clintons. Forward to Democratic Socialism.
+5 # Scott Griffith 2019-01-19 04:43
This article, (in the British Independent newspaper?) is a clear and deplorable example of journalistic parroting of US anti-Venezuela propaganda. Maybe it was conceived of and written by US agencies and the newspaper was forced to print it. In either event, it amounts to blatant imperialism by the US and its present Latin American puppet states Chile and Brazil.

The disgusting article starts with a reference to international condemnation of Venezuela. That claim in true only in the sense that any condemnation from places beyond Venezuela can qualify as 'international' by definition. The article goes on to reference Venezuelan opposition claims of usurpation, low voter participation and violations of election rules. In fact external observers, starting with Jimmy Carter, have consistently found that Venezuelan elections are shining examples of how to run free and fair elections. The low turnout is explained by the fact that most of the opposition parties decided not to participate and the claims of rule violations pale in comparison with the number found in US elections. Claims of usurpation are only to be expected from losers.

Next it cites Trump's vice president's statement which is no more than a recital of Venezuelan opposition claims of dictatorship. This is an opposition that disrupts government functions and then claims that it's the government's fault.

The US declares Venezuela a danger. The real danger in this case is the US itself.
0 # economagic 2019-01-19 22:19
"The real danger in this case is the US itself."

Number One rogue nation in the world now for upward of 60 years (some would say 230 or more).
+5 # economagic 2019-01-19 08:15
Venezuela certainly has its problems, many of them the result of anti-democratic actions by the US government. But with the exception of the EU, all of the entities named in the article as opposing Maduro have their own dubious histories with regard to support for democracy. One is inclined to say that anything that is opposed by both Bolton and the Venezuelan opposition is probably something we should support.
+5 # ddd-rrr 2019-01-19 09:48
Perhaps this method described here will also need to be applied to us
if it is proven that Trump's ascendancy to the presidency of the US
was illegitimately achieved -- especially if he runs again,
and "wins" again by using similar means.
+3 # ChrisCurrie 2019-01-19 10:19
US Government "regime change" efforts have already resulted in KILLING over a million men, women, and children in the Middle East and creating over 10 million refugees (many whom drowned while attempting to flee to Europe). Bloody John Bolton played a key role in creating such mayhem.
+3 # lfeuille 2019-01-19 19:15
So much for Trump the non-interventio nist.