Greece recognizes Venezuela’s Guaido as interim president – Stories

Greece’s new government says it is recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president, saying this would align Greece with the European Union’s joint position.

The foreign ministry announcement Friday reverses the previous government’s position, which had aligned itself with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Around 50 countries have recognized Guaido as interim president, asserting Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate.

Greece’s foreign ministry announced it had “decided to recognize the president of the democratically elected national assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela in order for him to call free, fair and democratic presidential elections.”

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, speaks at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, during a handover ceremony, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Greece's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, two days after conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis won early elections on pledges to make the country more business-friendly, cut taxes and negotiate an easing of draconian budget conditions agreed as part of the country's rescue program. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, speaks at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, during a handover ceremony, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Greece’s new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, two days after conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis won early elections on pledges to make the country more business-friendly, cut taxes and negotiate an easing of draconian budget conditions agreed as part of the country’s rescue program. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The country’s conservative party, led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, comfortably won Sunday’s election, defeating the previous left-wing government of Alexis Tsipras.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, smiles at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, during a handover ceremony, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Greece's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, two days after conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis won early elections on pledges to make the country more business-friendly, cut taxes and negotiate an easing of draconian budget conditions agreed as part of the country's rescue program. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, smiles at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, during a handover ceremony, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Greece’s new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, two days after conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis won early elections on pledges to make the country more business-friendly, cut taxes and negotiate an easing of draconian budget conditions agreed as part of the country’s rescue program. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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