The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has repudiated on Friday the “insolence” of Spain by demanding Caracas to have early presidential elections.
“We planted ourselves against Spain, as we have always planted before its racism, before its discrimination,” the president has stressed, which still has indicated that “it does not matter” whether the diplomats of Madrid leave or not the Venezuelan territory.
“Let them go quickly, with all their personnel and their ambassador, today (…) we will be happier without them, without their superiority complex,” Maduro said at a press conference held at the presidential palace.
The president has described as “insolent” in particular the statement of the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, who this Friday has demanded that Venezuela set a “temporary deadline” to convene early elections, threatening otherwise to recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan president.
Guaidó, president of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN), proclaimed on Wednesday “president in charge” of the country to force the exit of Maduro as the head of the State. The pronouncement of Guaidó was immediately supported by US President Donald Trump.
Maduro has said that, if Spaniards want elections to be held in Spain they should have them, since the president of his own government, Pedro Sánchez, “was not elected in any popular vote,” he recalled.
The president also recalled that Spain supported the failed coup against the late President Hugo Chavez, so that its leaders have no moral authority to give lessons to Venezuela.
The Venezuelan people, Maduro assured, will not accept that “any empire” imposes governments by extraconstitutional means. In response to US interference In Venezuela, by supporting Guaidó, the president ordered the rupture of Caracas-Washington relations on Wednesday.
Yesterday, the leaders of the political formations Podemos and Izquierda Unida (IU), Pablo Iglesias and Alberto Garzón, respectively, called on Spain and the European Union (EU) to promote a “peaceful mediation” in Venezuela, instead of defending ” a coup”.
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Translated by JRE/AR