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Global jostling intensified yesterday between countries that want Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in power and those trying to force him to resign, as opposition leader Juan Guaido made overtures to his rival's allies Russian Federation and China.

Pence said the USA would be exerting all diplomatic and economic pressure to bring a "peaceful transition to democracy" and called on other nations to support Juan Guaido, who self-proclaimed himself interim president last week. "In a few weeks, they will have to choose if they let much needed aid into the country - or if they side with Nicolas Maduro", he said.

On one side of the tussle for control of Venezuela - an OPEC member with the world's largest oil reserves but in dire financial straits - Guaido and Western backers led by the U.S. are insisting on an immediate transition and fresh elections.

"Nobody should disrespect the will of Venezuelan people", Çavuşoğlu said, referring to the elections that brought Maduro into power.

On Tuesday, the government-stacked Supreme Court barred Guaido from leaving the country and froze his bank accounts while chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab, a Maduro ally, conducts an investigation into his anti-government activities.

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After the chaotic launch of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July 2017, hundreds of thousands have lost jobs in small businesses. The report also says youth unemployment is at "astronomically high" levels of 13 to 27 per cent.

The United Nations is planning to hold talks in the coming days with Mexico and Uruguay, which have announced plans to hold a conference in Montevideo on February 7 on the political crisis in Venezuela.

President Tayyip Erdoğan has stood by his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, calling him last week to express support.

The US, which backs Guaido, has warned of "serious consequences" if Maduro's government harms him.

The "National Plan" focuses on the opposition's vision for the economy and oil resources, but it also tackles public services, security, governability and society.

Last week, the Bank of England denied Maduro officials' request to withdraw $1.2 billion of gold stored there after top US officials, including Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, lobbied their United Kingdom counterparts to cut off the regime from its overseas holdings.

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Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January 10 when President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition. Last week, street protests turned violent in days of unrest that killed almost three dozen people in clashes with government security forces.

The European Parliament called on the European Union's 28 member states Thursday to recognize Guaido.

"There is no possible discussion here. For years and years, the United States has paid them hundreds of millions of dollars and they do nothing for us".

Sucre says European support for Guaido will influence others. The socialist government of Spain, which has strong historical, cultural and economic ties to Venezuela, has said it will do so on Monday if Maduro doesn't call a general election before Sunday.

"We have been contacted by diplomatic workers across Europe who are ready to take a step forward, but they are waiting for the right moment".

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