The government of Daniel Ortega expressed through an official statement its total support for the government of Nicolas Maduro.

In this file photo, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega shake hands during a ceremony with Sandinista supporters in Managua. | Photo: Reuters

“The Great Homeland does not bend, it stands proud, with the Love of its Peoples, here no one surrenders! Viva Venezuela! Viva Chávez! Viva Nicolás! Forward, with Faith and Hope!” reads the statement.

The Nicaraguan statement of solidarity comes after Venezuelan opposition legislator Juan Guaido declared himself as “interim president”.

“Brothers in arms of Alba, we are all Venezuela, Caribbean-Latin American, cradle of great and luminous beings, vindicating our dignity and greatness before the empire,” said the Nicaraguan government regarding the United States decision to support Guaido.

The United States, Venezuela’s neighbors, Brazil and Colombia and the other countries of the Lima Group (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Hondruas, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru), recognized Guaido as the “legitimate president”.

Joining Nicaragua in its continued support of Maduro are Russia, China, Turkey, Bolivia and Cuba.