14:08 GMT +314 December 2019
Listen Live
    National security adviser John Bolton listens during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Washington.

    Bolton Says US Opposes New Elections in Venezuela With Maduro in Power

    © AP Photo / Evan Vucci
    Latin America
    Get short URL
    46574
    Subscribe

    US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday that the US is opposed to new elections in Venezuela while President Nicolas Maduro remains in power, citing concerns that the outcomes could be manipulated. 

    Speaking to reporters in Lima, Peru during a summit on Venezuela on Tuesday, Bolton said ongoing talks between Maduro's government and the opposition in Barbados were "not serious" and were being used by Maduro to buy time.

    The situation in Venezuela escalated in January when US-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself to be the country’s interim president after disputing the re-election of Maduro.

    The United States and 54 other countries recognized Guaido; but Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia, Turkey, and numerous other countries said they recognize Maduro as the only constitutionally-elected president of Venezuela.

    Despite several overthrow attempts, the government and opposition have been engaged in talks to settle the conflict and agreed to maintain a permanent peace dialogue. Maduro, who has positively assessed the talks, said that the sides had determined six main areas on which their negotiations were focused.

    Related:

    Trump Mulls Blockade, Quarantine on Venezuela - Report
    Russia Declines Invitation to Attend Venezuela Talks in Lima
    US Customs Agency Includes Venezuela Ex-Vice President on List of 10 Most-Wanted Fugitives
    US to Outline Plans for a Venezuela Without Maduro - Report
    Venezuela to Remain 'Independent', Caracas Requests UNSC to Denounce Trump Blockade Threat - Maduro
    Tags:
    elections, USA, Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, John Bolton
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik