Venezuela's Supreme Court bans self-declared president from leaving the country

Venezuela's Supreme Court bans self-declared president from leaving the country

Troy Powers
January 31, 2019

"If the USA intends to intervene against us they will get a Vietnam worse than they could have imagined".

A day earlier, he told Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency that he would be willing to hold talks with Guaido "for the sake of Venezuela's peace and its future", backtracking from earlier comments.

Despite the tensions with Trump, Maduro said he still welcomes US investment in oil, gas, tourism, technology, gold and diamonds.

Russia, which has been Maduro's most vocal global supporter and is a major investor in Venezuela, applauded his willingness to negotiate.

Maduro also claimed that US President Donald Trump had ordered the government of Colombia to assassinate him.

The fight for control of Venezuela intensified on Wednesday as the government pushed a probe that may lead to the arrest of opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido who called for new street protests.

Both Saab and the Supreme Court are aligned with the embattled Maduro.

The 40-year-old accountant, who supports Guaido, says any "sacrifice is worth it" to force through political change.

Venezuela's opposition has had clandestine meetings with members of the country's military and security forces, Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, said in an opinion piece published on Wednesday.

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Maduro, who accuses Guaido of staging a US -directed coup against him, still has the support of the top military brass, and is unlikely to back down unless that changes.

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó sits down with FOX Business' Trish Regan Primetime for a one-on-one interview to discuss the disputed president Nicolás Maduro, new us sanctions and the future of Venezuela. On Monday, the USA imposed sweeping sanctions on the state-owned oil firm, PDVSA.

Venezuela's economy is already ravaged by hyperinflation and widespread food and medical shortages that have driven millions of people to leave the country.

He also called on the European Union to level "more sanctions" against Maduro's government.

Mr Maduro made the remarks to a crowd of red-shirted supporters gathered at the presidential palace.

Venezuela is the only country in the Western Hemisphere on the State Department's "Do Not Travel" list, although parts of Mexico where drug cartels and criminal gangs are most active are also designated Level 4.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people in the United States to deter the Trump administration from putting boots on the ground in Venezuela, warning that any intervention would backfire leading to new Vietnam-like disaster.

The anti-Maduro protests on Wednesday were far smaller than the massive outpouring over the weekend, and the government repression in recent days may have discouraged a broader attendance.

Maduro ruled out an early presidential election, saying the next one was not due until 2025, but said he would support snap parliamentary polls. More than 40 people have died so far in and around the protests that began a week ago, the United Nations human rights office said.