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Portugal recognises Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela

by TPN/Lusa, in News · 05-02-2019 08:27:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s government has recognised Juan Guaidó, the speaker of Venezuela’s parliament who last week proclaimed himself interim head of state, "as president in charge of convening free and fair elections in Venezuela", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement on Monday.

Portugal recognises Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela

 

The country’s position was to be outlined in detail by the minister, Augusto Santos Silva, later in the day.

 

Portugal thus joins other European Union countries such as Spain, the UK and Sweden, who have already recognised Guaidó as interim president, following the expiry of the deadline for President Nicolás Maduro to convene fresh elections.

 

Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK had given Maduro eight days to call elections, with the deadline on Sunday, noting that Guaidó’s move was in accordance with Venezuela’s constitution.

 

Portugal is among EU member states with the most direct interest in stabilising the situation in Venezuela, given the large number of its nationals and descendants of its nationals living in the troubled country.

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