Jan 24, 2019 00:50 Asia/Tehran
  • Crisis in Venezuela

Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, swore himself in as the nation’s interim president.

Iran Press/America: Backed by the support of the United States, Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself as interim president of Venezuela.

Speaking to people gathering in avenues in eastern Caracas on Wednesday, Guaido called for free elections in the country, Reuters reported.

In a statement minutes later, US President Donald Trump recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate interim president, and a Canadian official said Canada was preparing also to add its support.

This is while, Nicolas Madoro was sworn On January 10 for his second term as Vanezuela’s president.

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Recently, US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that the US will not recognize the 'illegitimate' inauguration. Previously, US President Donald Trump had imposed Economic sanction on Maduro and members of his cabinet. 

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Guaido’s declaration takes Venezuela into uncharted territory, with the possibility of the opposition now running a parallel government recognized by some countries including the US as legitimate but without control over state functions.

Meanwhile, In a a clear response to Trump’s decision earlier on Wednesday to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, Maduro in a Wednesday statement outside his palace in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas officially broke off diplomatic ties between the US and his country. American diplomats now have 72 hour to leave Venezuela.

The incidents came after that following rumors of a military coup in Venezuela on Monday, Jan. 21, the Venezuelan government announced that the country is calm and the situation is under control.

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