S Korea recognises Guaido as interim president of Venezuela

# 14:29
25 February 2019

The South Korean foreign ministry has announced that the country recognises Juan Guaido, the head of the opposition-led National Assembly, as interim president of Venezuela, ONA reports.

One of the first countries to recognise Guaido was the United States, later joined by its allies. While such countries as Russia, China and Mexico support the legitimate president Nicolas Maduro. The latter has accused Washington of staging a coup and severed diplomatic ties with the US.

The ministry has explained the decision by citing what they described as a "lack of validity and transparency" in Venezuela's presidential election held in May of last year. The diplomatic body has urged Caracas to hold a "credible" vote under the supervision of "interim president" Juan Guaido.

In one of his recent statements, Nicolas Maduro stressed that he was not going to back down, saying that he "is governing Venezuela and will continue governing it".