January 26, 2019 / 2:01 PM / a month ago

UK will recognize Guaido as Venezuela's president if no new election announced

Britain's Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt arrives to speak about "Britain's Role in a Post-Brexit World" at the Fullerton Lecture in Singapore January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will recognize Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela if fresh elections are not announced within the next eight days, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said.

Fellow EU nations Germany, France and Spain made similar comments on Saturday.

“@jguaido is the right person to take Venezuela forward,” Hunt tweeted.

“If there are not fresh & fair elections announced within 8 days UK will recognize him as interim President to take forward the political process toward democracy.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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