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Chapter : Venezuelan President Declared Illegitimate; Opposition Leader Recognized : January 10, January 15, January 23, February 4, May 17, and August 5, 2019

Venezuelan President Declared Illegitimate; Opposition Leader Recognized : January 10, January 15, January 23, February 4, May 17, and August 5, 2019

Venezuelan President Declared Illegitimate; Opposition Leader Recognized
Linda Grimm

In January 2019, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro began his second term in office despite widespread allegations of election fraud and denunciations by dozens of foreign leaders. Just a few days into his term, however, the National Assembly declared Maduro’s government “illegitimate” and its leader, Assembly president Juan Guaidó, later declared himself to be the interim president of Venezuela. The United States quickly recognized Guaidó as interim president, with officials stating “all options are on the table” for removing Maduro from office, and was soon followed by leaders in dozens of other ...

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