Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Venezuelan leader Juan Guaido claims presidency, recognised by US

Venezuelan leader Juan Guaido claims presidency, recognised by US

Other coup attempts should not be forgotten, such as the military coup of 2002 and the 2003 oil lockout; the aggressive U.S. Executive Order describing Venezuela as "an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security and foreign policy" of the superpower; unilateral coercive measures; the call for a military coup against the constitutional government of Venezuela; the President of the United States' threat to use "a possible military option" and the August 4 assassination attempt against President Maduro.

Officials warned that "the USA government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Venezuela due to extremely limited infrastructure and poor security conditions", calling for State Department employees and their families to return home.

While the Trump administration refuses to comply with Maduro's orders because it no longer recognizes him as Venezuela's leader, Time reported that some USA diplomats did begin departing Caracas on Friday.

The Trump administration says Maduro's order isn't legal because the U.S.no longer recognizes him as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress, declares himself interim president of the nation until elections can be held during a rally demanding President Nicolas Maduro's resignation in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 23, 2019.

Private military contractors who perform secret missions for Russian Federation swooped into Venezuela in recent days to beef up security for embattled President Nicolas Maduro amid US-backed opposition protests, according to a report.

"The United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela".

Venezuela's top military brass pledged their unwavering support to Maduro, delivering vows of loyalty Thursday before rows of green-uniformed officers on state television.

Venezuelan Military Stands by Maduro

The US government, in response, on Thursday ordered the evacuation of all its non-essential personnel in Venezuela after Maduro gave them 72 hours to leave the country.

One U.S. official said that is the case in part because the National Security Council and State Department both want to be in charge of communications about the situation.

Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Turkey have voiced their backing for Maduro's government. "It could get pretty ugly", said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank on Western Hemisphere affairs in Washington.

"Today, I am officially recognising the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela", the Trump statement said. "They need to grab their bags, go north, and leave us alone", said William Zamora, a federal worker.

Guaido spoke in front of a rally of supporters in the Chacao neighborhood in the capital Caracas and took questions from local and global media outlets.

Gunfire during the protests and looting left 21 dead between Wednesday and early Thursday in the capital of Caracas and throughout the country, according to Marco Ponce, coordinator of the nonprofit Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict.

Many Venezuelans are awaiting Guaido's guidance on the often-beleaguered opposition's next steps.

Guaido, a virtually unknown lawmaker at the start of the year, has reignited the hopes of Venezuela's often beleaguered opposition by taking a rebellious tack amid Venezuela's crushing economic crisis. He has put himself forward as the new acting president.


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