Mon Apr 15, 2019, 01:03 PM

U.S. Has No Timeline for Change in Venezuela Government, Official Says

Julia Symmes Cobb

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The United States has no timeline for a change in government in Venezuela, a U.S. top official said, but is certain embattled President Nicolas Maduro will not remain in power.

Washington has imposed a raft of sanctions against Maduro’s government in an attempt to pressure him out of power and allow opposition leader Juan Guaido to take control.

“There’s no timeline on a return to democracy but it is coming, of that I’m certain,” James Story, the U.S. charge d’affaires for Venezuela, said in an interview. “This was never going to be something that was quite easy.”

Maduro blames U.S. sanctions for the country’s economic problems and dismisses Guaido as a U.S. puppet. More than 3 million Venezuelans have fled hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages and political crisis.


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