MEPs urge EU to recognise Guaido as Venezuela leader

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The European Parliament voted on Thursday to urge the other European Union (EU) institutions and member states to recognise Juan Guaido as the “legitimate interim president” of Venezuela.

The non-binding resolution said Brussels should continue to recognise the legitimacy of the Venezuelan National Assembly that was elected in December 2015.

A new chamber has been elected and backs Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, after a vote that was rejected as illegitimate by the United States (US) and several Latin American powers.

The previous body – along with the US – had recognised opposition leader Guaido as President of Venezuela, but Maduro has remained in power.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament this week that the bloc’s 27 member states had not taken an unanimous decision to back Guaido.

Approved by 391 votes to 114, the resolution described the 2015 election as the last chance that Venezuelans had to express themselves freely.

Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido. PHOTO: AFP