Berlin (dpa) - The Federal Government is considering the recognition of Venezuela's Parliament President Juan Guaidó as the new head of state, if it will not come immediately to fair and free elections. That said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Friday in Berlin.

President Nicolás Maduro could not claim to be the legitimate president of the South American country, since the last election did not meet democratic standards. "Venezuela needs free and fair elections now."

"The situation in Venezuela, of course, causes us great concern. The call of millions in Venezuela for democracy, for the opportunity to determine the fate of their country in free and fair elections, can no longer be ignored. Like the European partners, the Federal Government has repeatedly made it clear that Nicolás Maduro claims power on the basis of elections, which are not in line with international democratic standards. "He therefore can not be the legitimate leader of Venezuela". The National Assembly has a special role under the leadership of Juan Guaidó, said Seibert.

The 35 -year-old Guaidó had declared himself the head of the transitional state after the inauguration of under dubious conditions re-elected Maduro and Maduro denied the legitimacy. Guaidò invoked the constitution.

The country with the largest oil reserves in the world has been in a dramatic crisis for several years, the currency depreciation is the highest in the world, over three million people have already left the country. Numerous other states, including the US and many Latin American countries, have already recognized Guaidó as president. Maduro let the parliament outlawed in 2016, the opposition had won the elections in 2015 clearly before.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also called for "free and credible elections" in Venezuela and promised the support of the European Union to the opposition-led parliament. Maduro, on the other hand, can count on the support of the powerful military and its allies Russia, Iran, Turkey, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua. Maduro has broken off diplomatic relations with the United States, repeatedly subordinating US President Donald Trump to invasion plans.