Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Venezuela's military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel

Venezuela's military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel

Maduro and his "corrupt regime" has been backed into a corner and will soon crumble, with or without outside help, because 90 percent of the population are fed up and want change - and the army will soon too side with Venezuelan people, Guaido claimed.

The US has presented a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for worldwide aid deliveries and a presidential vote in Venezuela, triggering a Russian counter-proposal. "This a crime against humanity, men of the armed forces".

Medicine and food sent by the United States has been blocked for three days on the border in Cucuta, Colombia after Venezuelan soldiers closed a bridge linking the two countries.

Venezuela has been in political turmoil in the past weeks, with the opposition blaming the country's President Maduro over an ailing economy, hyperinflation, power cuts, and shortages of basic items, urging him to resign.

The military exercises, which mark the 200th anniversary of the historic Battle of Angostura, will continue through Friday.

Maduro has rejected humanitarian aid as a United States ploy to intervene in Venezuela, calling the deployment of aid a "political show" and blaming U.S. sanctions for the country's widespread shortages of food and medicine.

It also "stresses the need to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and to facilitate access and delivery of assistance to all in need in the entirety of the territory of Venezuela".

There are more than 8 million barrels of Venezuelan crude idling all over the Gulf of Mexico in an area that stretches from US coast to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, according to cargo-tracking and market intelligence company Kpler.

"Democracy is closer than ever before, the future is ours", he said.

It further "calls for the immediate start of a political process leading to free, fair and credible presidential elections, with global electoral observation, in line with Venezuela's constitution".

The European Union has encouraged member countries to recognize a new temporary government led by Guaido until new elections can be held.

The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognised by the USA and around 50 other countries, including 20 from the European Union.

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