Head of the ruling National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, rejected Saturday, 26th Jan. 2019 the 8-day period given by several European countries for the Government of Nicolás Maduro to call elections, a condition for not recognising Parliament leader Juan Guaidó as ‘interim president’.
“Go away and f*** off, Venezuelans do not take orders from anyone,” said Cabello before hundreds of Maduro followers who gathered to express their support in the northeastern state of Cojedes.
“We, the vast majority (of Venezuelans), were born rebels. We oppose to any measure that is forced upon us, that is our nature,” he added.
The governments of Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Portugal yesterday urged Maduro to call new elections or support Guaidó, who said three days ago he was assuming executive powers in a mass act before thousands of opponents to the Venezuelan regime.
Cabello had special words dedicated to Spanish President Pedro Sánchez, who he said “was not elected” and that he holds the position “because they removed the previous president after corruption charges”.
Guaidó’s move is the biggest challenge Maduro — in office since 2013 — has faced, and the trigger for the growing political tension currently shaking the country, amid local and international snubs to his government.
The Chavista leader was able to enjoy a comfortable victory in last May’s elections — because the bulk of the opposition considered them fraudulent and did not participate. He swore in before the Supreme Court sixteen days later.
Guaidó said Saturday, 26th Jan. 2019 that he is ready to meet with government officials in order to end what he considers the usurping of the presidency by Mr Maduro.
The same day, he said in an interview with CNN’s Turkish service in Caracas: “They have behaved arrogantly. No one can send us an ultimatum. If anyone wishes to leave Venezuela, off they go.”