Venezuela in crisis: Protest turns violent amid a growing row

Venezuela has plunged further into a political crisis amid a growing row over President Nicolas Maduro’s future as the country’s leader.

Written by January 24, 2019 09:13

New Delhi: Venezuela has plunged further into a political crisis amid a growing row over President Nicolas Maduro’s future as the country’s leader.

Maduro started a second term on January 10 following a widely-boycotted election last year that many foreign governments refused to recognise.

On Wednesday, Juan Guaidothe leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, declared himself the interim president.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro unharmed after an attack with explosive

Shortly after Guaido took an oath swearing himself in before his supporters, US President Donald Trump publicly recognised him as the country’s interim president. In response, Maduro broke off diplomatic ties with the United States and gave US diplomats 72 hours to get out of his country.

Venezuela’s constitution says if the presidency is determined to be vacant, new elections should be called in 30 days and that the head of congress should assume the presidency in the meantime.

However, the pro-government Supreme Court has ruled that all actions taken by congress are null and void and Maduro’s government has accused Guaido of staging a coup and threatened him with jail.

Mexico and Uruguay call on all internal and external parties

Mexico and Uruguay call on all internal and external parties involved in Venezuela’s crisis to defuse tensions and prevent an escalation of violence.

Uruguay’s foreign ministry releases a statement saying the two countries are proposing a “new process of inclusive and credible negotiations with full respect for the rule of law and human rights” to resolve the dispute peacefully.

Inputs by: Aljazeera