27 Jan 2019

Venezuelan President Maduro rejects calls for democratic elections

The beleagured Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has rejected an ultimatum from European leaders to call new, democratic elections within eight days – instead accusing the opposition leader Juan Guaido of violating the constitution, by declaring himself interim president.

But in another blow for Maduro – Venezuela’s top military diplomat to the United States has switched sides – saying he’ll be supporting Guaido instead.