Venezuela’s opposition leader says civil war not possible

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CARACAS, February 12. /TASS/. Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido has said he rules out the possibility of a civil war in the country.

“Some people, mostly international media, are saying that a civil war may break out here, in Venezuela. However, a civil war is not possible, this possibility does not exist because 90% of the country’s population do not want changes,” Guaido said at a meeting with students in Caracas on Monday. He noted that the government of current President Nicolas Maduro “is not respected” by the country’s military.

On January 23 Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido proclaimed himself as the country’s acting president. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described it as a coup attempt and announced severing diplomatic relations with the United States.

Guaido was recognized as interim president by the Lima Group countries (except for Mexico), as well as by Albania, Georgia, the United States, and the Organization of American States. Several EU countries came forward with support for the Venezuelan parliament and expressed hope for new elections to resolve the crisis. Maduro was supported by Russia, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey. Belarus and China called for resolving all issues by peaceful means and spoke against any interference from the outside. The UN secretary general called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

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