Maduro's 'time is over': Vecchio

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Published on April 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:21s

Maduro's 'time is over': Vecchio

At a news conference in Washington, D.C., Carlos Vecchio, the Venezuelan opposition's envoy to Washington, said on Tuesday that 'time is over' for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido urged the Venezuelan army to join him to oust Maduro on Tuesday.

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Maduro's 'time is over': Vecchio

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) At a news conference in Washington, D.C., Carlos Vecchio, Venezuelan opposition's envoy to Washington, said 'time is over' for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido urged the armed forces in Caracas to join him to oust Maduro on Tuesday.

"(Guaido) has called the military institution to support the Venezuelan people on the streets and to restore our democracy in our country," Vecchio said at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

"We want to send a clear message also to the dictator Nicolas Maduro, your time is over.

Venezuela is ready for a change." In Caracas, violence broke out at anti-government protests as the country hit a new crisis point after years of political and economic chaos.

Protests broke out on Tuesday.

A National Guard armored car slammed into anti-Maduro protesters who were throwing stones and hitting the vehicle in Caracas, television images showed.

Maduro said on Tuesday he had spoken with military leaders and that they had shown him "their total loyalty." The move was Guaido's boldest effort yet to persuade the military to rise up against Maduro.

If it fails, it could be seen as evidence that he lacks the support he says he has.

It might also encourage the authorities, who have already stripped him of parliamentary immunity and opened multiple investigations into him, to arrest him.

The United States is among some 50 countries that recognize Guaido as Venezuela's president, and has imposed sanctions to try to dislodge Maduro, who they say won re-election last year through fraud.

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