Secret talks with military to oust Nicolas Maduro: Juan Guaido

Caracas: Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido has confirmed that talks are being held “discreetly” with the military to oust President Nicolas Maduro. “We have been in talks with government officials, civilian and military men,” Guaido told The Washington Post.

“This is a very delicate subject involving personal security. We are meeting with them, but discreetly”, he added. He also lauded the decision of Venezuela’s Defence attache to US of extending his support to Guaido amidst the political turmoil. Protesters and sympathisers with the opposition leader’s cause have been handing out flyers to local police to support them and not Maduro.

“We’re asking them to stop going out to the streets to repress us. We’re asking them to come out to support us,” The Washington Post quoted a social worker in Venezuela, Manfredo Gonzalez, as saying. The National Assembly President has further mentioned that the process of naming foreign representatives is underway.

Australia, on Monday, extended its support to Venezuela’s National Assembly President, Juan Guaido, recognising him as the interim President until elections are held. The nation made its decision “in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution and until elections are held”.

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