U.S. calls on UN to oust Maduro and recognise challenger

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Canada Standard

The UN Security Security remains stalemated by veto-wielding members Russia and the United States.

The council has been powerless since the start of the year when the crisis gripping the country escalated following elections in January.

Over a month after two competing resolutions on Venezuela failed to pass, the UN Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the "very real humanitarian problem" facing the country, where close to 7 million people are in dire need of aid, and some 5,000 people continue to flee across borders every day.

In January Juan Guaidó, head of the country’s National Assembly, challenged the legitimacy of the sitting President Nicolás Maduro, in power since 2013 and sworn in again for a second term in January, following an election process disputed by many in opposition.