U.S. calls for the for­ma­tion of new gov­ern­ment in Venezuela

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emi­rates — The U.S. stepped up its crit­i­cism of Venezue­lan leader Ni­co­las Maduro on Sat­ur­day with an ex­plicit call for the for­ma­tion of a new gov­ern­ment in the South Amer­i­can coun­try.

The State Depart­ment said in a state­ment that it stood be­hind the head of Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion­run congress, Juan Guaido, who said Fri­day that he was pre­pared to step into the pres­i­dency tem­po­rar­ily. The state­ment was the lat­est in a se­ries of Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion at­tacks on Maduro, whose in­au­gu­ra­tion to a new term as pres­i­dent Thurs­day has been widely de­nounced as il­le­git­i­mate.

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

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