Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido stated on Tuesday he had begun the “ultimate part” of his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro, calling on Venezuelans and the army to again him to finish Maduro’s “usurpation.”
A Reuters journalist later noticed Guaido close to the La Carlota air power base in Caracas, surrounded by a gaggle of males in uniform.
Venezuelan Data Minister Jorge Rodriguez tweeted that the federal government was confronting a small group of “army traitors” in search of to advertise a coup.
Guaido, in a video posted on his Twitter account, spoke within the firm of males in army uniform and opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, who’s underneath home arrest.
“The nationwide armed forces have taken the proper choice, and they’re relying on the help of the Venezuelan folks,” Guaido stated.
Guaido, the chief of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Nationwide Meeting, in January invoked the structure to imagine an interim presidency, arguing that Maduro’s re-election in 2018 was illegitimate.
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He has been touring exterior the capital, Caracas, an increasing number of in current weeks to attempt to put strain on Maduro to step down.
Protests are deliberate for Wednesday, Could 1, together with what Guaido has stated will likely be “the most important march in Venezuela’s historical past”, a part of what he calls the “definitive part” of his effort to take workplace so as to name recent elections.
Round 50 nations together with the US have acknowledged Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.
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Maduro calls Guaido a U.S-backed puppet who seeks to oust him in a coup. The federal government has arrested his high aide, stripped Guaido of his parliamentary immunity and opened a number of probes. It has additionally barred him from leaving the nation, a ban Guaido overtly violated earlier this yr.
Final week, Guaido stated his congressional ally – opposition lawmaker Gilber Caro – had been detained, and that 11 members of his staff had been summoned to seem earlier than the Sebin intelligence company.