European Parliament Recognizes Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President

The European Parliament voted on Thursday in favor of a resolution recognizing Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó as the country’s new interim president, until “free, transparent and credible” elections are held.

The resolution was brought for discussion in the Strasbourg parliament by the center-right European People’s Party and it was voted on by 439 members.

A total of one hundred four members voted against the resolution and 88 abstained from the vote.

The Parliament urged the European Union’s chief of Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini to recognize Guaido on behalf of the EU as Venezuela’s new interim President. This has already been done by the US and Canada.

The UK has asked the EU to pressure and impose sanctions on Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s elected president, following his rejection of the European ultimatum which urged him to call immediate presidential elections.

Among Greek European parliamentary representatives, two SYRIZA members,Stelios Kouloglou and Konstantina Kouneva, voted against the measure; they were joined by two Communist Party members, Konstantinos Papadakis and Sotiris Zarianopoulos.

Three members of Greece’s Golden Dawn Party, George Epitidios, Lambros Fountoulis and Eleftherios Synadinos, abstained from the vote for Guaido’s recognition.