US calls for ‘orderly transition’ in Venezuela
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