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LatinNews Daily - 25 January 2021

New US administration maintains support for Venezuela’s Guaidó

Venezuela: On 20 January Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, called for the new US administration led by President Joe Biden to carry out a “profound and in-depth rectification, to end the demonisation of the Bolivarian Revolution”, which he described as a product of the “extremist and supremacist policies” of former US president Donald Trump (2017-2021). Maduro also said that he was calling for a “new beginning in bilateral relations”.  However, the newly appointed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced that the Biden administration will continue to recognise Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s interim president and maintain the US’s support for Guaidó’s efforts to remove the Maduro government from power. Blinken’s description of Maduro as a “brutal dictator” suggests that the Maduro government’s hopes of securing dialogue with the new US administration may be overly optimistic.

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