Trump Recognizes Opposition Leader Juan Guaido as Interim President of Venezuela

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Published on 23 Jan 2019, 18:50
▶️Venezuela’s Juan Guaido leading opposition against Nicolas Maduro in recent weeks.

👉The United States has officially recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader after the opposition politician declared himself president during a day of mass demonstrations in the South American country.

"Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela," President Donald Trump said in a statement.

"We encourage other Western Hemisphere governments to recognize ... Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela, and we will work constructively with them in support of his efforts to restore constitutional legitimacy," Trump added.

The developments occurred as thousands of Venezuelans demonstrated in the streets of Caracas as part of a nationwide protest calling for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

Police lined streets and bridges in Caracas as opposition protesters threw objects at them and chanted "Get out Maduro" and other slogans.

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