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VENEZUELA: Guaido dismisses Maduro’s warning of civil war if political crisis persists



VENEZUELA: Guaido dismisses Maduro's warning of civil war if political crisis persists

Juan Guaido the opposition leader in Venezuela has waved aside a warning by President Nicolas Maduro who said the lingering political crisis in the country could lead to a civil war.

Maduro had said that whether there was war in the country would depend on the “madness” of the US and its allies.

But Guaidó rubbished the suggestion by Maduro as an “invention” of his presidential rival.

Guaidó has declared himself interim president and has won support from major powers including the US.

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Meanwhile, more pressure continues to pile on Maduro to call for fresh polls or relinquish power as France, Germany, Austria, Sweden and Denmark have joined Britain and Spain in recognising Guaido as interim president of the South American country.

In a Twitter post on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said his country recognises Guaido as an “acting president to implement an electoral process”.

Reports say the coordinated move from the major European nations came after the expiry of an eight-day deadline they set last weekend for President Nicolas Maduro to call a new presidential vote.

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