Rigging: UK, France, Germany and Spain tells vanezuela leader, he has eight days to hold new election

The UK has joined together with France, Germany and Spain in a bid to force new elections in Venezuela, where president Nicolas Maduro is clinging on to power.

Britain backed the European demand with foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt saying it is now clear that Maduro is “not the legitimate leader” of the South American country.

The UK has already thrown its weight behind opposition leader Juan Guaido, who Downing Street recognised earlier this week as the leader of the country’s “democratically elected” assembly.

The joint European diplomatic push began on Saturday when Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez said in statement: “The government of Spain gives Nicolas Maduro eight days to call free, transparent and democratic elections.

If that doesn’t happen, Spain will recognise Juan Guaido as interim president in charge of calling these elections.”