Who is backing whom in Venezuela?
January 28, 2019 -- The U.S. and a number of other countries have recognized Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s president in a move labelled by embattled President Nicolás Maduro as a U.S.-orchestrated coup.
The tumult erupted when Guaidó, the 35-year-old leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress, declared before masses of supporters last week that he has temporarily assumed presidential powers, vowing to hold free elections and end Maduro's dictatorship.
President Donald Trump and several foreign leaders quickly recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader, prompting Maduro to cut ties with the U.S. and order its diplomats from Caracas within 72 hours.
Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey and Cuba back Maduro, who also retains the backing of the military.
But major European countries including Spain, France, Germany, Britain, Portugal and Netherlands say they will recognize Guaidó as
interim president unless Maduro calls fresh elections by February 3.
- Venezuela rivals Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido fight for military’s backing in power struggle (AP)
- All the Countries Recognizing Guaido as Venezuela’s New President (Bloomberg)
- Venezuela: International Recognition of a Challenger Turns Up the Heat on Maduro (STratfor)
- Venezuela's Guaido calls for new anti-Maduro protests (AFP)
- Venezuela crisis: White House 'will respond to threats against diplomats' (BBC)