European leaders announced Saturday that if Venezuela does not hold new elections, they will recognize National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate president.
Guaidó announced himself as Venezuela’s interim president on Wednesday, alleging that Nicolás Maduro’s rule is illegitimate. Maduro accuses Guaidó and countries backing him of staging a coup and violating Venezuela’s sovereignty.
The U.S., Canada, the Organization of American States, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia all endorsed Guaidó quickly after he declared himself interim president.
Other countries have withheld their endorsement until new elections are held. Election officials said Maduro won the last election, though many organizations consider them illegitimate.
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