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Germany, Ready to Recognize Guaidó as Interim President of Venezuela

The German government demanded on Friday the immediate holding of “free and fair” elections in Venezuela and indicated that it is willing to provisionally recognize the self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó, as head of the interim state while those elections are being held.

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The German government demanded on Friday the immediate holding of “free and fair” elections in Venezuela and indicated that it is willing to provisionally recognize the self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó, as head of the interim state while those elections are being held.

The spokesman of the German Executive, Steffen Seibert, added in a meeting with the media that Berlin considers that Nicolás Maduro “can not be the legitimate president of Venezuela” because in the last presidential elections the “democratic standards” were not met.

“The spokesman recalled that Berlin advocates that there is a European solution in this matter and said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke yesterday of the situation in Venezuela with the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez.”

Seibert argued that on the road to free elections the National Assembly (of opposition majority and to which the Supreme Court of Venezuela declared this week “unconstitutional”) must have an important role and recalled that “Juan Guaidó is the leader of the National Assembly “

“Free and fair elections are needed, the legitimate leadership of the country does not have Nicolás Maduro, we believe that the National Assembly should have an important role in the process to get out of the crisis and Juan Guaidó is the leader of the National Assembly,” he said. Seibert.

Free and fair elections are needed, the legitimate leadership of the country does not have Nicolás Maduro, we believe that the National Assembly should have an important role in the process to get out of the crisis and Juan Guaidó is the leader of the National Assembly
The spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Adebahr, also said that “the National Assembly is the only organ legitimized democratically in Venezuela.” Adebahr cited a phrase said in New York by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in which he stressed that in the Venezuelan crisis Germany is not neutral and is on the side of Juan Guaidó. “With respect to Venezuela, we are not neutral, we are on the side of Juan Guaidó,” said Adebahr.

With respect to Venezuela we are not neutral, we are on the side of Juan Guaidó
Both Seibert and Adebahr recalled that already at the time the European Union (EU) had not recognized the outcome of the elections in which Maduro was elected president on the grounds that they had not complied with “the minimum democratic standards.”

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