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Venezuela's new representative to the U.S. meets with Pence

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Published on January 30, 2019 - Duration: 00:51s

Venezuela's new representative to the U.S. meets with Pence

Carlos Vecchio, the U.S. representative for Venezuela's interim president Juan Guaido, told reporters outside the White House on Tuesday that he had met with Vice President Mike Pence for about an hour to thank him and the Trump administration for recognizing Guaido as interim president and supporting "our fight to restore democracy in Venezuela." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Venezuela's new representative to the U.S. meets with Pence

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Carlos Vecchio, the U.S. representative for Venezuela's interim president Juan Guaido, told reporters outside the White House on Tuesday that he had met with Vice President Mike Pence for about an hour to thank him and the Trump administration for recognizing Guaido as interim president and supporting "our fight to restore democracy in Venezuela." "We want to end the dictatorship of Maduro," Vecchio said, adding that the people of the country were on the streets fighting for their rights.

"We want to call for a free and transparent election as soon as possible, and that's why we are asking for the support of the international community," he said.

The United States and several other countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state and denounced Maduro as a usurper.

Maduro, sworn in on Jan.10 for a second term after disputed elections last year, accuses Guaido of staging a U.S.-directed coup against him.

Maduro is backed by a number of countries, including Russia.

Maduro's inauguration sparked protests throughout Venezuela.

Over 40 people are believed to have been killed in political violence last week, including 26 shot by pro-government forces, five killed in house raids and 11 during looting, U.N.

Human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said on Tuesday.

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