Guaido: I am Venezuela's legitimate leader, Maduro is dictator as 40 dead, 850 detained in violence - Whisper Eye

Guaido: I am Venezuela’s legitimate leader, Maduro is dictator as 40 dead, 850 detained in violence


Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader who proclaimed himself interim president last week with U.S. backing, told a German broadcaster that he was the country’s only legitimate leader.

Guaido, supported by the United States and most countries in the Western Hemisphere, says the polls in which socialist President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected was fraudulent and Maduro must resign to allow a new, fair ballot.

“I am the only legitimate president of Venezuela,” Guaido told broadcaster ARD. “There was no election in 2018. Maduro’s term in office is over so he is unlawfully in office and is governing as a dictator.”  In the meantime,att least 40 people are believed to have been killed in Venezuela’s recent

violence, including 26 shot by pro-government forces, five killed in house raids and 11 during looting, U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said on Tuesday. He said more than 850 people were detained between Jan. 21 and Jan. 26, including 77 children, some as young as 12. On Jan. 23, 696 people were detained across the country, the highest daily number of detentions in Venezuela in 20 years

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