Venezuela: opposition leader declares himself ready to assume presidency

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Juan Guaidó said he has constitutional right to assume leadership because Maduro is an illegitimate ‘usurper’

The head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament has thrown down the gauntlet to his country’s embattled leader, Nicolás Maduro, declaring himself ready to assume the presidency, in a rare and potentially destabilizing challenge to two decades of Bolivarian rule.

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