Maduro defiant as pressure builds

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4 February, 2019 11:23 AM

Maduro defiant as pressure builds

Nicolás Maduro has retained the support of the Venezuelan military/EPA

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he cannot rule out the possibility of civil war as pressure mounts on him to stand down.

In a TV interview, he warned that US President Donald Trump would leave the White House "stained with blood" if he intervened in the crisis, reports BBC.

He also defiantly rejected the EU's Sunday deadline to call snap elections.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president and won the backing of the US and others.

Mr Guaidó said on Sunday he would build an international coalition to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuelans. But Mr Maduro has accused him of organising a coup.