Lithuania, along with other member states of the European Union, recognizes and supports Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim President, Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in its press release.
Juan Guaidó
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In addition, Lithuania hopes that he will be able to organize free, independent, and fair presidential elections in compliance with democratic standards in the near future, enabling Venezuelans to determine their own future. Lithuania supports the international contact group that was established by the EU. The group is to enable the holding of new elections under democratic conditions.

On 15 January, the Venezuelan National Assembly, the only democratically elected institution, declared with the majority of votes that the President Nicolas Maduro was usurping the presidency. On 23 January, J. Guaidó declared himself the interim President of Venezuela and promised to hold democratic elections. On 23 January, the U.S. and most Latin American countries recognized J. Guaidó as the interim President.

On 26 January, the member states of the European Union called on the illegitimate President Nicolás Maduro to immediately organize a free, fair and transparent election, but N. Maduro refused.

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