US calls for ‘or­derly tran­si­tion’ in Venezuela

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The United States called for Venezuela to be­gin an “or­derly tran­si­tion” to a new gov­ern­ment, days after Ni­co­las Maduro was sworn in to a dis­puted sec­ond term as pres­i­dent.

“The peo­ple of Venezuela de­serve to live in free­dom in a demo­cratic so­ci­ety gov­erned by the rule of law,” the State Depart­ment’s deputy spokesman, Robert Pal­ladino, said.

“It is time to be­gin the or­derly tran­si­tion to a new gov­ern­ment.

“The United States gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to use the full weight of US eco­nomic and diplo­matic power to press for the restora­tion of democ­racy in Venezuela,” he said.

It was the most spe­cific US call yet for a change of gov­ern­ment in cri­sis-torn Venezuela, where Maduro has presided over a vir­tual eco­nomic col­lapse. The United States, the Euro­pean Union, Canada and 12 Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries have said they do not recog­nise Maduro’s re-elec­tion. – AFP

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