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29 January 2019, 12:56 | Vera Richards
Venezuela's Guaido arrives for a news conference in Caracas on Friday
On Saturday, Maduro rejected an ultimatum from European nations including Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and France, who said they would recognize Guaido as leader ifelections were not held within eight days.
However, nonessential staff were leaving the country, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said in a statement, calling it "an effective retreat".
Maduro's support from the military has been a crucial part of him staying in power since 2013.
Guaido took advantage of a major street demonstration on January 23 to swear himself in as the country's rightful leader, accusing Maduro of usurping power following a disputed 2018 re-election that countries around the world described as a fraud. Greece's left-wing ruling Syriza party, however, voiced full support for Maduro.
The second, on Saturday, will be a "big national and worldwide rally to back the support of the European Union and the ultimatum" from Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands that they would recognize Guaido as interim president unless Maduro calls elections by February 3.
The 35-year-old leader of the opposition-dominated National Assembly also called on people from across Venezuela and from "all over the world" to hold mass demonstrations on Saturday to coincide with a European Union ultimatum for fresh elections, which has been rejected by Maduro.
"We are waiting for you, the soldiers of Venezuela".
She says Canada needs to play a leading role in the Lima Group, which includes more than a dozen countries in the Americas, minus the United States, because the crisis in Venezuela is unfolding in Canada's global backyard. They should take back this ultimatum. "No one can give us an ultimatum", Maduro told CNN's Turkish network.
Oil constitutes close to 90 per cent of Venezuelan exports.
Pope Francis, winding up a trip to Panama, said he was praying that "a just and peaceful solution is reached to overcome the crisis, respecting human rights".
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It's hard to make out exactly what the woman is saying, but it sounds like, "May the good Lord only bless you". Mayhew's TheraPaws animal therapy programme works to improve wellbeing in their local community.
Some 29 people have been killed and more than 350 people have been detained in clashes this week between anti-Maduro activists and security forces.
In an interview with Turkish private broadcaster CNN Turk, Maduro stressed that his country has no political and diplomatic relations with the USA and described Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as "the words of a falling country".
Colonel Jose Luis Silva Silva, Venezuela's top military diplomat in the US, said in a video widely circulated on social media Saturday that he supports Guaido.
Both Russia and China are major creditors of Venezuela.
A handout photo made available by the Miraflores Press, shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) as he leads a military exercise, in Caracas, Venezuela, 27 January 2019.
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