Venezuela govt slams newest ‘attempted intervention’ by US

CARACAS – Venezuela's government on Wednesday condemned what it called the latest "attempted intervention" in its internal affairs by the United States.

The complaint came after Washington announced it still recognizes former opposition deputy Juan Guaido as "interim president" of the South American nation.

Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement saying the US government stance is "in clear violation of international law, the Constitution and the democratic order established in the country by the sovereign will of the Venezuelan people."

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The ministry added: "It is regrettable that the new government of the United States continues to lack the courage to try to maintain a diplomatic relationship of respectful dialogue with the Constitutional Government of Venezuela."

In January 2019, then opposition deputy Guaido proclaimed himself "interim president" of the South American country and led an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.