Maduro proposes earlier elections for national assembly – Venezuelan crisis

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a rally in support of the government and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the arrival to the presidency of the late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela on February 2, 2019. (Reuters)

EU is calling for the country to hold fresh elections while the US has already recognised Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as the country’s interim president.

Maduro proposes earlier elections for national assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed on Saturday bringing forward parliamentary elections to this year.

Maduro, in a speech to supporters, said the all-powerful government-controlled Constituent Assembly would debate calling earlier elections for the National Assembly, which he denounced as “bourgeois.”

The parliamentary elections had been scheduled for 2020.

General declares allegiance to Guaido in Twitter video

A high-ranking Venezuelan air force general said he had defected to President Nicolas Maduro and now recognized self-declared leader Juan Guaido as interim head-of-state, according to a video circulating on Twitter on Saturday.

In the video, General Francisco Yanez, a member of the air force’s high command, called on other members of the military to defect. The high command’s web page lists him, along with a photo, as the air force’s head of strategic planning.

On its Twitter account, the high command accused the general of treason.