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Venezuela’s Maduro offers to negotiate with opposition

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CARACAS – More than a week into a standoff with the opposition, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said on Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate.

Violent street demonstrations erupted last week after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared during a major opposition rally in Caracas that he had assumed presidential powers under the constitution and planned to hold fresh elections to end Maduro’s “dictatorship.”

Maduro, who previously rejected calls for negotiations, said in an interview with Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency that he was open to talks with the opposition.

“I’m willing to sit down for talks with the opposition so that we could talk for the sake of Venezuela’s peace and its future,” he said.

Several countries decided to recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president, including the United States, which faced criticism for calling on Venezuelan army to back Guaidó in what was viewed as a pretext for regime change.

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