Germany Recognises Venezuela Opposition Chief Juan Guaido as Acting President
Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Tokyo, 'As of yesterday, no presidential election had been called. Therefore, Guaido is the person we are talking to and we expect him to begin an election process as soon as possible.'
Juan Guaido, President of Venezuela's National Assembly, holds a copy of Venezuelan constitution during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government and to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez in Caracas, Venezuela. (Image: Reuters)
Tokyo: Germany on Monday joined several other European countries in recognising Venezuela's opposition chief Juan Guaido as interim leader after President Nicolas Maduro rejected their ultimatum to announce new presidential elections.
"As of yesterday, no presidential election had been called," Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Tokyo.
"Therefore, Guaido is the person we are talking to and we expect him to begin an election process as soon as possible.
"He is the legitimate interim president for this task from Germany's point of view and from the point of view of several European countries.
"We hope that this process can be carried out as quickly and peacefully as possible."
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