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Bolton ramps up attack on "illegal" Maduro government in Venezuela

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<p>  White House National Security Adviser John Bolton on Friday declared Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a "dictator" holding an "unauthorized claim to power," which strengthens the administration's attack on the South American socialist government. </p>
<p>  Bolton confirmed the administration's support of the leader of opposition party Juan Guaidó, the newly elected president of the National Assembly. </p><div>
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"Trump Administration resolutely supports the Venezuelan National Assembly, the only legitimate government duly elected by the Venezuelan people," said Bolton in the statement.

Maduro began his new Thursday the day after declaring himself the winner of the elections held in May in May, which was widely criticized as illegal by the European Union and some Latin American countries who refused to recognize Maduro as president.

The statement came after Guaidó used an article in the Venezuelan Constitution to explain that Maduro is not the legitimate president, a move Bolton is supported as a "courageous decision".

On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Guaidó to congratulate him on his last week's election victory and to strengthen the US commitment to "the restoration of democracy in Venezuela" in the midst of "Maduro's unauthorized distribution of power", according to a foreign ministry's edition.

United States Development Administration Agency Mark Green released a statement on Thursday to blame Maduro for "hunger, a serious health crisis, violence and countless violations of human rights, while causing a massive emigration of Venezuelan citizens". [19659014] This article was tagged under:

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