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    Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. | Photo: REUTERS

Published 26 August 2017

The right-wing former Colombian President called on the Venezuelan military to wage a coup against elected President Nicolas Maduro.

The former right-wing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, again called for a military intervention in Venezuela, on the same day that the United States Government announced the imposition of new, stronger sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic.

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In a press conference on Friday, Uribe called on Venezuela's National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) to carry out a coup against the elected, constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro.

“The Armed Forces of Venezuela, instead of continuing the tragedy, have to stop it, and they have to have a military intervention there, not to install a military government but rather to sideline Maduro,” Uribe said.

Having achieved this, the Colombian right-wing leader said that the Venezuelan National Assembly President and opposition leader, Julio Borges, should be the one to assume “transitory power” until there are elections and a “democratic government.”

He also went on to outright reject calls for dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition issued by President Maduro, saying that the objective of dialogue would be “to maintain the socialist dictatorship.”

Also on Friday, the U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing stronger sanctions against Venezuela in response to the National Constituent Asssembly.

Earlier this week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro spoke of the need for Venezuela to bolster its “anti-imperialist defense” against a possible foreign military intervention, which he predicted would be preceded by some kind of sanctions or blockade, and possibly be carried out from within the military itself.

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