The U S has demanded an end to the political crisis currently gripping Venezuela, stressing that both sides should clear the way for free and fair elections, at the end of 2020, Reuters reported Tuesday January 9th.
"A swift negotiated transition to democracy is the most effective and sustainable route to peace and prosperity in Venezuela," said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement. "Negotiations could open the path out of the crisis through a transitional government that will organise free and fair elections."
According to a US official source, the White House has always answered the interim President Juan Guaidó’s call to provide help to the people of Venezuela, assisting them in coping with food, and medicine shortages, as they flee the crisis, however, the US humanitarian aid has recently been restricted by the country’s Maduro regime, who Guaidó is in opposition to.
Venezuela’s fate has been even more ambiguous since the Trump administration has reconfirmed its position, in backing the country’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, in May last year, according to CBC News.
Last Wednesday January 8th, the tensions have been rising again, leading to a standoff with the army, while Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó urged a three-day demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro, hours after he was sworn in for another term in the country’s National Assembly.
Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself interim president last January, but has been unable to take power.