(CNN)Major European nations recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president on Monday, calling on him to hold fresh elections.
The UK was first to make the announcement, which came after President Nicolas Maduro ignored a demand set by some EU nations last week to call new elections by the end of Sunday. Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands followed suit.
“Nicolas Maduro has not called Presidential elections within 8 day limit we have set,” British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt tweeted on Monday. “So UK alongside European allies now recognises @jguaido as interim constitutional president until credible elections can be held. Let’s hope this takes us closer to ending humanitarian crisis.”