Spain pushes for Venezuela election deadline

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell says that Spain is pushing for the European Union to back Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido if President Nicolas Maduro doesn’t call elections by a deadline yet to be set.

The deadline is being discussed Friday by officials of the 28 countries in Brussels and Borrell says it should be “short and minimal,” without further specifying.

He says there is wide support for the proposal, but that Spain is pushing for consensus.

“We are trying to look for a solution that avoids confrontation and more deaths,” Borrell told reporters during a weekly government briefing.

The socialist minister and former president of the European Parliament says that fair elections can only be guaranteed with international observers.