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Envoy wants Maduro to leave Venezuela

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 12:20 AM
Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó, greets university students during a meeting at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas on Friday.

US special envoy for Venezuela Elliot Abrams wants to see Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro leave the country as he cedes power to a transitional government.

Abrams told reporters in Washington that the US does not favour a specific country for Maduro to go to, but notes that the embattled Venezuelan has “friends” in Cuba and Russia.

He also said Thursday that other countries that he would not name have offered to take in Maduro if he gives up power.

Abrams says the US has revoked visas for unnamed members of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly as it seeks to continue pressing Maduro to cede power to opposition-controlled National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó.

The US has recognised Guaidó as the interim president.