US lays out transition plan for Venezuela, without Maduro

The United States said it would lift sanctions on Venezuela if the country forms a new government. The catch is, the new government would have neither President Nicolas Maduro or opposition leader Juan Guaido involved.

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April 1, 2020 - 10:07 AM

Opposition leader Juan Guaido (left) and president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images/TNS) Photo by Yuri Cortez - AFP - Getty Images - TNS

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration is prepared to lift crippling sanctions on Venezuela in support of a new proposal to form a transitional government requiring both Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó to step aside in favor of a five-person governing council, U.S. officials said.

The one-page “Democratic Transition Framework for Venezuela” was presented Tuesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It echoes a proposal made over the weekend by Guaidó that shows how growing concerns about the coronavirus, which threatens to overwhelm the South American country’s already collapsed health system and economy, are reviving U.S. attempts to pull the military apart from Maduro.

“This framework can provide a path that ends the suffering and opens the path to a brighter future for Venezuela,” said Pompeo in Washington.

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