Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself interim president of the South American country on Wednesday (1-23-19) amidst reports that the U.S. will formally recognize him as the country’s legitimate president. This is an attempt to oust Maduro and may stir up even more unrest in an already unstable country.
Juan Guaido has been speaking to thousands of enthusiastic pro-opposition Venezuelan protesters. They are tired of living under a dictatorship and pledge to assume the powers of the national executive as their official president in charge of Venezuela.
- Guaido has said he is willing to replace Maduro if he has the support of the military and will initiate free elections
- It is reported that hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans hit the streets in massive and widespread demonstrations against Maduro’s government
- Venezuelans are fed up with spiraling inflation, a shortage of basic good and a migration crisis dividing families
- Maduro started his second term as president on January 11 after uncertain elections
- Maduro has cut all ties with the U.S.
On Tuesday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he strongly supported the protests, condemning “dictator” Maduro and declaring U.S. official support for Guaido.
“On behalf of President Donald Trump and all the American people, let me express the unwavering support of the United States as you, the people of Venezuela, raise your voices in a call for freedom,” Pence said in a recorded video message. “Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power. He has never won the presidency in a free and fair election and has maintained his grip on power by imprisoning anyone who dares to oppose him.”
This has added fuel to an already unstable country and could bring them to full-blown civil war.
We shall see how this all works out fellow preppers. I hope our country never falls this deep into disarray.
As the good people of Venezuela make your voices heard tomorrow, on behalf of the American people, we say: estamos con ustedes. We are with you. We stand with you, and we will stay with you until Democracy is restored and you reclaim your birthright of Libertad. pic.twitter.com/ThzIAqBoRn
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 22, 2019
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