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A video was revealed on Sunday showing former Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, telling a group of listeners that Venezuelan soldiers need to “remove” President Nicolas Maduro from office.
The recording was released just 24 hours after two air drones carrying explosives were detonated above President Maduro and several members of his administration on Saturday as the head of state addressed a large crowd at the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas. Maduro and other Venezuelan officials are saying that right-wing factions in the United States, Venezuelan and Colombia are behind the drone bombs.
In the video the former president and current Congress member says in English:
“I have said this in public, I have said that the Venezuelan soldiers need to remove that government (of Nicolas Maduro), not to establish a military government, but to call for a rapid transition, with democratic and transparent elections.
“When I say that the United States should help promote that decision, it is in private, for us,” Uribe tells the small group of U.S. business leaders at his home in the Rio Negro, Antioquia on Saturday, hours before the failed attack on Venezuela’s head of state.
Soldados de Venezuela en mora de remover a Maduro y su régimen, y que haya elecciones transparentes.
Un nuevo Gbno democrático para que frene la profundización de la crisis humanitaria y evite el terrorismo y el riesgo de más violencia
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) August 5, 2018
Later on Sunday, Uribe repeated what he said at his home over his Twitter account:
“Venezuelan soldiers need to remove a Maduro and his regimen and hold transparent elections.” He added in his tweet, “a new democratic gov in order to stop the deepening of the humanitarian crisis and avoid terrorism and the risk of more violence.”
It is not the first time that the right-wing Colombian politician has sought military intervention to overthrow Maduro from his presidential post.
In August 2017 during a congressional session Uribe told his fellow lawmakers:
“We think that the Armed Forces of Venezuela, instead of continuing to assassinate the people,