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The US was the first nation to recognise Mr Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, but 50 powers have since followed, including the European Union and UK.

Saab has said separately that authorities have already issued 18 arrest warrants against "civilians and military plotters" following the April 30 uprising. The coup attempt resulted in violent rallies on 30 April and 1 May.

Ramos, speaking earlier at the National Assembly, said, "Whatever action the prosecutor's office imposes is null and void because there is no prosecutor's office".

Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera was the Director General of Venezuela's Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, which is known by its Spanish-language acronym SEBIN, as well as a general in the Venezuelan military.

The Trump administration has flirted with the idea of military intervention in Venezuela for months.

While military figures got carrots, Mr. Pence said the White House could stick it to members of Venezuela's supreme court, threatening to sanction 25 judges if they act a political weapon for Mr. Maduro.

The matter was referred to an assembly committee.

Pence added he hoped the decision would embolden other Venezuelans to take similar steps, as the Trump administration continues to call for Maduro to step down and allow Guaido to properly lead the country.

US officials have repeatedly said they are considering military "options" in the Venezuelan crisis in addition to diplomatic and economic pressure that has been intensifying for months against the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

"Today, this parliament offers the solutions that the regime can not and will not be able to give, and that is why it is already defeated", Guaido said during a session of the opposition-controlled National Assembly legislature, which journalists were not allowed to attend by order of the military.

The slump has worsened this year with large areas of territory left in the dark for days at a time by power outages. We don't earn enough money.

"What we know from the study of democratization is that there are extremely few transitions that happen without negotiation", Harold Trinkunas, deputy director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, told an editorial writer.

Venezuela's Supreme Court, which is closely allied with President Nicolas Maduro, said on Tuesday that it was launching a preliminary investigation into seven top opposition politicians.

The Government of Venezuela is focusing its efforts on the country " s economic recovery and political dialogue, amid the opposition " s calls to destabilization with support from the United States.


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