Australia backs Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president

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The embattled second-term leader cut ties with the US Wednesday after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guiado as Venezuela's interim president, a move Maduro blasted as an attempted coup.

At a Caracas rally the Guaido said he would announce a date for "a grand march", and called on supporters to circulate copies of amnesty measures approved by the National Assembly to friends and relatives in the military.

Encouraged by the global support for his cause, Guaido is on a mission to weaken the military's support of Maduro, which has been essential to keeping him in power since 2013.

In a video posted online on Saturday Silva urged "my brothers in the national armed forces" to recognize Guaido "as the only legitimate president", in accordance with Venezuela's constitution.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan voiced his support for Mr Maduro in a phone call on Thursday.

Graham, who has counseled Trump on the government shutdown and other matters, said Trump asked him: 'What do you think about using military force?,' Axios reported.

Details of the United States plan comes as tensions in Venezuela threaten to boil over after opposition leader Guaido called for a strike on Wednesday followed by a large scale protest on Saturday against Maduro's government.

Mr Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013 and has the support of the armed forces, has refused to stand down and rejected an worldwide ultimatum to call elections within eight days.

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Mr Maduro has had the door slammed in his face by Canada, Australia, Israel and a host of Latin nations, including Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, who have all followed the U.S. lead and recognised Mr Guadio. They should take back this ultimatum. In an interview on Sunday with CNN Turk, Maduro claimed that he was the "the victim of a U.S. conspiracy" that had resulted in the threat to his power.

Israel reportedly demurred, fearing that enraging Maduro could endanger members of the 6,000-strong Venezuelan Jewish community. Everybody can see the security guards who protect Maduro.

Pope Francis, winding up a trip to Panama, said he was praying that "a just and peaceful solution is reached to overcome the crisis, respecting human rights".

In an interview with Turkish private broadcaster CNN Turk, Maduro stressed that his country has no political and diplomatic relations with the US and described Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as "the words of a falling country".

Maduro appeared at a military exercise in the state of Carabobo where he called for "union, discipline and cohesion" to defeat what he called an "attempted coup d'etat".

Venezuela has sunk into turmoil under President Nicolas Maduro, with ongoing food shortages and daily protests amid an economic and political crisis.

"Nobody gives us an ultimatum, he said". That's because Venezuela's oil shipments to China and Russian Federation are usually taken as repayment for billions of dollars in debts.

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