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Guaido rejects 'fake' talks with Maduro

Published:Saturday | January 26, 2019 | 9:52 AM
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó

Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó has rejected an offer to hold talks with President Nicolás Maduro amid an ongoing power struggle between the two.

At the same time the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet later today to discuss the crisis in Venezuela.

According to reports, Maduro indicated yesterday that he was ready to hold dialogue with Guaidó.

But the Venezuelan Opposition Leader told supporters at a rally in Caracas that he rejected "fake dialogue" and revealed that he would consider offering Maduro amnesty.

On Wednesday, Guaidó declared himself "acting president" of the crisis-hit country, a move that has been recognised by several countries, including the United States (US).

Maduro accused him of mounting a coup and cut off diplomatic ties with the US in response.

Earlier this month Maduro was sworn in for a second term as president following last year’s elections, which were marred by an opposition boycott and allegations of vote-rigging.

Venezuela’s National Assembly has, however, asserted that the post of president is vacant because the election was not fair, and suggested that Guaidó, as head of the National Assembly, should take over as acting president.

Guaidó urged his supporters to keep up the protests if, as some fear, he gets arrested.

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