Spain, France & Germany give Maduro final ultimatum.

A banner is seen with a small group of Venezuelan protesters outside the site where the Organization of American States (OAS) 47th General Assembly is taking place in Cancun, Mexico June 21, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Spain, France and Germany  launched towards the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, an eight-day ultimatum to call elections in the Andean country, or otherwise recognize the opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president to begin the process. “If in eight days there are no fair, free and transparent elections in Venezuela, Spain will recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan president,” the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Saturday through a television message.

Sánchez reiterated the Spanish commitment to the Venezuelan people. “Spain will always be with Venezuela, Spain will always be with the Ibero-American community,” stressed the president, and recalled that the international community did not recognize the elections last May on which the presidency of Maduro is based.

Venezuela must speak for itself .

Meanwhile, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, as well as the spokesman of the government of Germany, Steffan Seibert, and the deputy spokeswoman, Martina Fietz, expressed their position in their respective Twitter accounts, the same one exposed by the president of the Spanish government.

“The Venezuelan people must be able to freely decide their future. Without elections in eight days, we could recognize @jguaido as ‘president in charge’ of Venezuela to implement this political process. We work together with our European allies. “

Germany is not neutral.

The German spokesman announced on Friday that the government of Berlin would recognize Guaidó if elections were not immediately called, while Foreign Minister Heijo Maas said that Germany is not neutral in the face of the Venezuelan crisis if it is not next to Guaidó.

“If Maduro does not immediately open the way to credible new elections, we are ready to recognize Juan Guaidó as interim President, to begin this process. The National Assembly is the only democratically legitimized representation of the Venezuelan people.”



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