Latvia recognizes Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president

Latvia backs Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president, Latvia's Foreign Ministry said in a press announcement February 4.

"Latvia recognises the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, as interim President of Venezuela and expects that democratic processes in Venezuela will be resumed without delay and new Presidential elections will be announced in the country.

"Latvia has been following with concern the increasingly deteriorating political situation in Venezuela and, together with other EU Member States, Latvia believes that Venezuela should return to democracy and consistent respect for human rights in line with international standards, and a peaceful solution to the crisis should be achieved," the announcement reads.

It likewise blasted the May 2018 Venezuelan presidential election as a sham, saying that Nicholas Maduro’s claim for presidency "has no legitimate ground and is inconsistent with a democratic state system".  

Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity) confirmed Latvia's stance on Twitter, calling the troubled country to start new presidential elections.

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