CARACAS (REUTERS) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido appeared alongside armed, uniformed men on Tuesday (April 30) in his strongest call yet to the military to abandon President Nicolas Maduro, a day before planned mass protests aimed at toppling the socialist leader. In the more than three months since Mr Guaido invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, citing fraudulent elections, Mr Maduro has so far kept a grip on the levers of power including the military and security forces. Mr Guaido says Mr Maduro must step aside for a transitional government to organise new elections. Mr Maduro has resisted calls for an early vote or that he leave power early before his six-year second term ends in 2025. Below are some of the factors that could decide who prevails. THE MILITARY Venezuela has a long history of military rebellions and coups, notably the 1958 overthrow of dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez, and the failed attempt by Mr Maduro's predecessor, Hugo Chavez, to take … [Read more...] about Will opposition leader Guaido topple Venezuela’s President Maduro?
CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido - accused by the government of attempting a coup on Tuesday (April 30) - said there was "no turning back" in his attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power. "The moment is now! The 24 states of the country have taken the path, no turning back, the future is ours. People and the Armed Forces united by the cessation of usurpation," he said in a message on Twitter. (This story is developing) … [Read more...] about Venezuela’s Juan Guaido says ‘no turning back’ in bid to oust Maduro
CARACAS—Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Tuesday he had begun the "final phase" of his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro, calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him to end Maduro's "usurpation." A Reuters journalist later saw security forces firing tear gas at Guaido and around 70 mostly young armed men in military uniform outside the La Carlota air force base in Caracas. Hundreds of civilians also joined the group. But around two hours after Guaido tweeted his announcement, there was no sign of any other military activity, and the government dismissed any suggestion of an insurrection. "We reject this coup movement, which aims to fill the country with violence," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino. He said the armed forces remained "firmly in defence of the national constitution and legitimate authorities," and that all military units across Venezuela "report normality" in their barracks and bases. The move was Guaido’s boldest effort yet to … [Read more...] about News Venezuela’s Guaido says troops join him to oust Maduro; gov’t says it is in control
CARACAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Tuesday (Apr 30) he had begun the "final phase" of his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro, calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him to end Maduro's "usurpation."A Reuters journalist later saw Guaido near the La Carlota air force base in Caracas, surrounded by a group of men in uniform.Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez tweeted that the government was confronting a small group of "military traitors" seeking to promote a coup.Guaido, in a video posted on his Twitter account, spoke in the company of men in military uniform and opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, who is under house arrest."The national armed forces have taken the correct decision, and they are counting on the support of the Venezuelan people," Guaido said.Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, in January invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's re-election in 2018 … [Read more...] about Venezuela’s Guaido says troops have joined him to end Maduro presidency
CARACAS: The leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, cancelled a rally scheduled to be held in the country's fourth-largest city on Sunday (Apr 28) and said the "dictatorship" had prevented him from entering.Guaido has travelled outside the capital, Caracas, more and more in recent weeks to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to step down. In January, he invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate.While he has previously reported delays in arriving to cities in the country's interior due to roadblocks by the armed forces and Maduro supporters, Sunday's cancellation of the event in the western city of Barquisimeto was unprecedented.Protests are planned for Wednesday, May 1, including what Guaido has said will be "the largest march in Venezuela's history", part of what he calls the "definitive phase" of his effort to take office in order to call fresh elections."Today we had a meeting … [Read more...] about Guaido cancels western Venezuela rally after ‘dictatorship’ blocks route