Ukraine has recognized leader of Venezuelan opposition Juan Guaido as the head of the only democratically chosen body of the power of Venezuela, the National Assembly and the leader of the democratic opposition. UNN news agency reported this citing spokeswoman of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Kateryna Zelenko.
“Ukraine recognizes Juan Guaido as the head of the only democratically chosen body of the power of Venezuela, the National Assembly and the leader of the democratic opposition. So, the return of Venezuela to the democratic government in the country depends on him and other heads of the political forces, particularly, the reaching agreement on the holding of the democratic elections certified by the international observers,” Zelenko said.
According to her, Ukraine urges the authorities of Venezuela to do all possible to prevent the solution of the political crisis through the use of force.
In May 2018, presidential elections were held in Venezuela. According to the Central Election Commission, 68% of voters voted for the current President Nicolas Maduro. Three times less people voted for his closest rival, the leader of the Progressive Vanguard party.
The opposition stated that numerous violations were reported during the voting, but on January 10, Maduro took the oath of the president office. Most of the countries of the West and Latin America did not recognize elections. Later, the National Assembly of Venezuela recognized Nicolas Maduro as a usurper.
At the same time, in addition to the political swings, there are plenty of other serious problems in Venezuela: in 2016, the country was covered by an energy crisis, in 2017 there was a default, in 2018 the inflation rate reached 82,76% on an annualized basis. Oil production has collapsed one and a half times, prices are growing at a frantic pace, and the national currency, the Bolivar continues to depreciate rapidly, there is a shortage of food. According to various estimates, frpm two to four million people have already left Venezuela.
On January 23, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. He was supported by many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.