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PA Foreign Ministry expresses support for Venezuelan president

    “The PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates expressed its concern given the events taking place in Venezuela, and condemned several states’ interference in the state’s internal affairs and direct [interference] through support for the coup attempt against legally elected [Venezuelan] President [Nicolás] Maduro (sic., Maduro's reelection in 2018 is not recognized by most of the international community, the US and others have encouraged support for the opposition leader; see note below –Ed.).
The ministry said in a statement that was published on Wednesday evening [Jan. 23, 2019]: ‘The State of Palestine again emphasizes its position that supports respecting the sovereignty of states and their internal governments, and also emphasizes its solidarity with the legitimate aspirations of Venezuela to increase stability, unity, and prosperity through comprehensive peaceful national dialogue in the framework of a regional and international bloc that will respect international law, the UN convention, and peaceful coexistence between states.’”
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Venezuelan crisis 2018-2019 - Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro won a second term in the Venezuelan presidential election in May 2018; however, the election was determined to be fraudulent and Venezuela has been considered to be without a president by most of the international community since Jan. 10, 2019, when Nicolás Maduro’s legitimate term ended. Maduro nevertheless has continued as president, supported by countries like Russia, China, Mexico, Syria, Iran, and Turkey. The US, Canada, the EU, and others have condemned this and encouraged support for Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate president. Guaidó proclaimed himself ”acting president” on Jan. 23, 2019, but Maduro has refused to step down. The countries supporting Guaidó have been accused by Russia and others of fomenting a coup. Dozens have been killed in protests against Maduro and his government, and the people are suffering under food and medicine shortages.

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