Backers ‘failed to follow through’ in abortive uprising: Guaido

Backers ‘failed to follow through’ in abortive uprising: Guaido

In a speech to the Americas Society at the State Department, scheduled for 3.25pm (1925 GMT), Mr Pence will also warn that the USA will soon move to sanction 25 additional magistrates on Venezuela's supreme court, the official said on Monday (May 6), speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mr Pence's speech will lay out the administration's initial strategy following massive street protests last week led by Mr Juan Guaido, the opposition leader backed by the United States and most other Western countries.

The 35-year-old National Assembly chief has branded Maduro a usurper over his controversial re-election last year, and in January declared himself acting president, plunging Venezuela into a political crisis that deepened its already grave economic woes.

Guaido, however, expressed the hope that the army would eventually come on board. "We are ready not only to resist and fight but to win and eliminate any army no matter how strong it is", the minister said.

He has said he does not recognize decisions emanating from the Maduro government, including the constituent assembly, which is controlled by the ruling Socialist Party.

"He no longer trusts even in his high command, he doesn't even have any trust in his environment".

Attorney General Tarek William Saab said separately that 18 arrest warrants have been issued for "civilians and military plotters" tied to the uprising.

On April 30, Guaido tried to spark a military uprising to oust Maduro, but there were no widespread defections among soldiers and the plan fizzled out.

He rejected suggestions that his opposition movement was flatlining, however.

In a new interview with CBS news, US-backed Guaidó weighed in on whether he thinks the USA should intervene militarily. Additionally, military action would shatter the precious hemispheric consensus that Maduro must go, and would further embolden enabling nations like Cuba and geopolitical powers like China and Russian Federation that immorally back the Maduro regime.

Asked about military intervention, he said only that it was a "controversial option".

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