Venezuela's largest refinery complex has been hit by a power outage, at a time of acute fuel shortages in parts of the crisis-torn oil producer, an opposition lawmaker said on Sunday.
The leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, canceled a rally scheduled to be held in the country's fourth-largest city on Sunday and said the “dictatorship” had prevented him from entering.
Venezuelans are expected to take to the streets nationwide on Saturday, less than a week after power outages left many without basic services and water. US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president in late January, called on his supporters to gather in the capital Caracas and different areas around the country to protest against President Nicolas Maduro and the “tragic” conditions plaguing the country.
The ruling National Constituent Assembly (ANC) decided to withdraw parliamentary immunity to the opposition leader, President of the National Assembly (AN) and declared interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, who affirmed that nothing will stop him by ensuring that “there is no need to respond to an organism that does not exist. ” Opposition leaders expect to activate an article of the constitution that allows the AN to authorize a foreign military intervention in the country in order to withdraw “illegitimate” President Nicolás Maduro.
Members of the Venezuelan armed forces that abandon President Nicolas Maduro will keep their rank and be reinstated once a new government is in place, the opposition-controlled legislature said on Tuesday. The announcement marked the latest offer from the National Assembly, headed by opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, to try to convince more military personnel to switch sides.
The President of Venezuela’s opposition-dominated National Assembly Juan Guaido will announce new boards of directors for state oil company PDVSA and its U.S. business, Citgo, according to opposition leader sources.
US President Donald Trump would be ready to recognize the opposition leader and president of the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, as the legitimate president of Venezuela after his probable inauguration on Wednesday, according to CNN sources.
Venezuela's opposition-run congress on Tuesday formally declared President Nicolas Maduro a usurper whose actions would be considered null and void, after he was sworn in last week for a disputed second term. Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 under an avalanche of criticism that his leadership was illegitimate following a 2018 election widely viewed as fraudulent.
Officials of the Bolivarian Service of National Intelligence (Sebin) retained the deputy Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly (AN) and Venezuela’s President-in-charge, when he was going to an open Parliament hall in the north of the country. Minutes later, the parliamentarian was released and attended to the event with a wounded hand and ensuring that the Armed Forces do not want Nicolás Maduro, president considered de facto by the Parliament and part of the international community.
It seemed sure that, starting January 10, Venezuela would experience high uncertainty. Nicolás Maduro swore in the presidency for the 2019-2015 government period in front of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), when the constitution of that country dictates that it is before Parliament that the president must present the inauguration. Both the international community and the National Assembly (AN), declared in contempt by the Supreme Court, mark Maduro as an usurper. The illegitimacy of the president is discussed globally and Juan Guaidó is recognized as interim president of the Republic.