Venezuela opposition announces new aid hub, prepares protest

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They've been reporting on how the country is in the middle of food shortages, power cuts and widespread protests, with no clarity in sight on the political situation.

The army is seen as a crucial player in the stand-off between Maduro and Guaido. The US has a long history of meddling in Latin America, often with disastrous consequences.

On Monday, Venezuela socialist party chief, Diosdado Cabello, spoke at a rally in Venezuela's border city of Urena, across from Cucuta, crowding the streets with Maduro loyalists wearing the red shirts of the socialist party and waving flags. He said the US supplies were sent in a showy display aimed at justifying a coup.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: "I am deeply disturbed by the very bad scenes of suffering in Venezuela as a result of the Maduro regime's reckless mismanagement, with families resorting to eating rotting food to try to survive".

"In reality it was a flop", he said.

"We're mobilizing all over the country to ensure the humanitarian aid enters so we can deal with this crisis", said Guaido.

Trump and his administration have said repeatedly that "all options are on the table" with regard to removing Maduro, suggesting military intervention is possible.

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The US has repeatedly threatened Venezuela with military action to oust the Maduro government. "Instead, Maduro has repeatedly denied the existence of any crisis, instead referring to occasional "difficulties" and declared at the United Nations past year that his country is "stronger than ever".

The two sides are now at loggerheads over the issue of humanitarian aid, which the opposition says has become necessary due to Maduro's mishandling of the once-buoyant OPEC nation's economy. Guaido, meanwhile, said on Monday that the first shipment of the humanitarian aid had already been received.

Last week, he also rejected a call by European Union countries to hold elections, prompting them to recognize Guaido.

Tarre said that a process will be launched for selecting the members of an independent electoral authority, moving toward a new list of voters and creating a voting mechanism. Europe also has said it could impose financial sanctions to bar Maduro from having access to oil revenue coming from the region.

Once again, a direct order to the armed forces at this time: "Allow the necessary humanitarian aid to enter to take care of your families, your sister, your mother, your wife, who surely need supplies and some of whom, unfortunately, surely also have certain health conditions", he told reporters on Sunday.

More than 40 percent of Venezuela's oil, which makes up 96 percent of its revenue, is sold to the U.S., and Washington is using sanctions as an attempt to starve Maduro's regime of its funding.

"First, we want to reconstruct the electoral branch and an electoral mechanism that will be trustworthy, where not the slightest doubt exists that the will of the voters will be reflected in the results", he added.

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