BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Spain has recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate interim president, at a press conference in Madrid on Monday.
In addition to Spain, the Netherlands has also announced via their foreign ministry that they recognize Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela.
Chairman of Venezuela’s last-elected parliament in 2015 Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president on January 23, after declaring Maduro’s January 10 inauguration illegitimate.
Within 24 hours, the US and several Latin American countries recognized the opposition leader as head of state.
On January 26, Germany, France, Spain and the UK announced an ultimatum to Nicolas Maduro to hold elections within eight days, or they would recognize Guaido as president.