Spain, Germany and France give Venezuela’s Maduro eight days to call fresh elections

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Three major European countries – Germany, France and Spain – have come out on Saturday saying they are ready to recognise Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president if elections are not called within eight days.

“The government of Spain gives Nicolas Maduro eight days to call free, transparent and democratic elections,” said Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in statement.

“If that doesn’t happen, Spain will recognise Juan Guaido as interim president in charge of calling these elections.”

In what appears to be a coordinated message from European Union countries, at almost the same time French President Manuel Macron sent a tweet echoing Sanchez’s comments.

“Unless elections are announced within eight days, we will be ready to recognise @jguaido as ‘President in charge’ of Venezuela in order to trigger a political process,” Macron said.

A spokeswoman from the German government tweeted the same message shortly after the comments from Madrid and Paris.

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