United States steps up crit­i­cism of Venezuela

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The United States 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 U.S. State De­part­ment said in a state­ment that it stood be­hind the head of Venezuela’s opposition-run congress, Juan Guaido, who said on 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 on 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. “It is time to begin the or­derly tran­si­tion to a new gov­ern­ment. We sup­port the National Assembly’s call for all Venezue­lans to work to­gether, peace­fully, to re­store con­sti­tu­tional gov­ern­ment and build a bet­ter fu­ture.”

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