Venezuela: Guaido will not rule out authorising US intervention

France 24 | 2/8/2019 | Staff
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National Assembly leader Guaido told AFP he would do “everything that is necessary... to save human lives,” acknowledging that US intervention is “a very controversial subject.”

The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognized by the US and around 40 other countries, including 20 from the European Union.

Maduro - Stewardship - Venezuela - Economy - Country

Under Maduro’s stewardship, oil-rich Venezuela’s economy has collapsed leaving the country wracked by hyperinflation, recession and shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.

“We’re going to do everything that has a lower social cost, that generates governability and stability to deal with the emergency,” said Guaido, 35.

Food - Medicines - US - Supplies - Warehouses

He is trying to bring in food and medicines from the US but the supplies are stuck in warehouses in Colombia because the Venezuelan military has blocked their entry.

Earlier, Maduro vowed not to let in “fake humanitarian aid” and claimed Venezuela’s crisis has been “fabricated by Washington” to justify intervention.

Guaido - People - Aid

Guaido says 300,000 people could die if desperately-needed aid isn’t brought in.

And he said a first attempt to bring in the aid should be made next week.

Stage - Sanitation - Emergency - Days - Children

“The first stage is containing the sanitation emergency. Two days ago eight children under three lost their lives ... dehydrated, malnourished,” said Guaido.

Failing public services including water, electricity and transport are among Venezuela’s worst problems, while there is also a shortage of doctors and medical supplies in hospitals.

Needy - Guaido - Aim

Helping the needy is not Guaido’s only aim, though.

He has dismissed Maduro as illegitimate over his reelection last May in polls branded a fraud by the US, EU and many Latin American countries.

Guaido - Constitution - Power

Guaido says the constitution allows him to assume power, set up a...
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