Lima, Jan 4 (AFP) Foreign ministers from Latin America and Canada said Friday their governments would not recognize Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela’s president when he is sworn in for a second six-year term next week.

The 14-member Lima Group said they would not recognize Maduro’s hardline socialist government after meeting in the Peruvian capital to discuss ways to step up international pressure on the regime, which has presided over the oil-rich country’s economic crisis.

Peru’s Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said the group had delivered “a strong political message” ahead of Maduro’s second-term inauguration on January 10.

“The main message is undoubtedly the non-recognition of the Venezuelan regime’s new term,” Popolizio told reporters. (AFP) SCY SCY

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